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Movie of Strobe vs H3 Beacon .

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by FisherVMan, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    A few weeks ago I posted that we had taken an old broken shorted out strobe light and instead of throwing it away I took a one dollar H3 bulb I got outta china off Ebay and stuck it in the old Strobe housing and hooked it up thru a common flasher same as you have on your blinkers. A few guys asked for a movie so they could see themselfs ...... here it is on YouTube with this link . The strobe light on the right is an old Firebolt Plus. Enjoy!

    ps. Have not got around to getting the movie of the 120W Echo strobes up yet but I will...............
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011
  2. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    Nice, I too enjoy modding things to keep them working.

    With a 100W bulb, all the lights in my Jeep would dim every time it flashed!
  3. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    I hear you on the "dimming issue" I didnt have room for another battery; so just bought a 300amp alternator ........................ that will take most of the dim outta dimming! I am going to swap my 4 year old battery out with a new Optima Red Top this summer as I have heard alot of guys raving about how much better they seam to work for them so there must be something in all the comments I see posted about the Optima Battery?
  4. oman1999

    oman1999 Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    I experienced the dimming problem on my 89 F250 7.3

    Installed new batteries, cleaned/tested/inspected all wiring and connections, etc.

    Didn't want to upgrade to a 3g alternator as the factory unit tested 96% of factory specs.

    I installed 2 yellow top optimas and I can run truck lights, plow lights, strobes, 110W of back lights along with heater, radio, etc. No brown outs when running the sno-way plow and voltage never drops below 12.8V on my digital meter. Generally running 13.6V
  5. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    If you go optima, go Red, Yellow is for deep cycling applications.

    I really like LED for it's lower power consumption, and when plowing I only raise the plow a couple inches when backing up to make another pass.

    Is that light you made a magnetic base unit? If so, you could wire 20' or so of cable to it and install a cig lighter plug and keep it as a backup light in case your primary one fails.. 100W at 12V should be about 8.3 amps, many cig light plugs have 15A fuses, go to a 55W bulb and see about half that amperage.
  6. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    Yea the light was an old 3300A Mag base strobe .............. it blew the big condenser and I picked one up on ebay and soldered it in but it still wouldnt work.............. so accepted defeat and was just going to chuck it out . I had bought a dozen of those little H3 100W bulbs for my tractor lights so had lots of them laying around and thought I wonder how that would look................ after I installed it I will say this at nite it is a little brighter than the strobe but in the day time it is MUCH more noticeable.
    I am going with the Red Top for sure....................cheers