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Mini Lightbar placement

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by cti531, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. cti531

    cti531 Member
    Messages: 60

    Let me start by saying this is probably a dumb question because it will likely boil down to personal preference BUT I'm going to ask anyway. I have an extended cab pick-up and was wondering where you think the best place to mount a permanant mount mini light bar would be? I have seen trucks that have them towards the back, toward the front and dead center. Just wondering if there are any opinions on where it would be most effective?
  2. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    When permanently mounting anything on a vehicle roof, it needs to be done as close to the roof cross-members as possible. Vehicle roofs in general are very weak and flimsy. When we through-bolt light bars, we try to straddle the cross-members to keep the roof from flexing. So although light effectiveness is important, safety is even more important.
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    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
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    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

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  5. Pirsch

    Pirsch Senior Member
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  6. Too Stroked

    Too Stroked Senior Member
    Messages: 573

    Another thing you might want to think about is how level the real estate is in the area you want to mount it. Ideally, the bar needs to be perfectly horizontal both front and rear as well as side to side. The side to side is easy - just mount it in the middle. The front and rear is affected by the slope of the roof. Generally speaking, the closer to the rear of the roof you get, the more level the real estate.