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Need options for LOW profile lights

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by ETMegabyte, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. ETMegabyte

    ETMegabyte Member
    Messages: 41

    I recently upgraded my old, beaten down 1988 GMC 2500 to a nice 2003 2500HD. My old truck had a magnetic rotator light on the roof to help keep me visible when I'm plowing... However...

    The magnetic rotator light sits approximately 6 inches from roof to top of the light, and there is exactly 5 7/8 inches between the roof of my new truck and the top of my garage door opening... Needless to say my new truck is a little taller than the old one was... OK, scratch that. It's a LOT taller than the old one was...

    So, I'm looking for (hopefully) inexpensive options... I just dropped a ridiculous amount of cash to buy this truck, so I'm out of ready-cash at the moment, but also don't want my new truck hit because some idiot couldn't see me when driving 50mph on an icy road...

    Ideally, it'd be magnetic mount, as I'd like the option of removing it if the mood strikes me. Also, I'd like to get as much clearance as possible, so hopefully something that sits no more than 4 inches off the roof, less is better... And it has to provide 360 degree light.

    I considered putting strobes in the markers and taillights, but I think the light would be too low to provide enough visibility, particularly in the snow and ice. The old-school in me really wants to see a light on the roof...

    I don't much care if it's a rotator, strobe, or LED, as long as it's bright. I also don't care about changing patterns. As long as it blinks and makes me visible, I'm happy...

    Anyone got any ideas?
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2009
  2. GPS

    GPS Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 268

  3. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    I am the same market. From what I have seen I think it is hard to beat the blast of a halogen rotator. The physics of a curved reflector spinning around a bulb means at some point anyone is in direct alignment and creates the burst of light. But opinions vary. Here's 3 lower profile lights I am considering:

    1) Ecco mini halogen belt drive rotator 5135. It is belt drive so less noise. Vaccum magnet mount specs. out at 5.1" so may be getting tall for your desire.


    2) The Nova Micro Bar 360 strobe. 3.8" tall in magnetic verison:


    3) The Whelen L360 Super LED Becon. 2.5" tall. Although I am not convinced this is bright enough.
    If you like the mini LED bars like the Whelen mentioned in the previous post... here is another one to consider that seems to be a good value. SoundOff Pinnacle 2.93" tall:

  4. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,584

    Lots of options for low profile mini LED bars. I have a ShoMe luminator that's brighter than any halogen light I've ever had and it only sits 2" off the roof. Very nice light, $400 online.
  5. ETMegabyte

    ETMegabyte Member
    Messages: 41

    I like this. It's close to the right price range (I'm looking in the $100-125 range), but I'd have to go measure again to make sure it'll clear the top of my garage door opening...

    I suppose I've got to be wise to the possibility of some ice buildup in the front of my garage could cause the truck to be slightly higher towards the end of the season as well...

    5.1 inches doesn't leave me much extra room... I'll have to think about it some more (and measure again to be sure)...

    Now why can't they make the same unit, but only 3.5 or 4 inches tall? The bulb itself can't be more than an inch from top to bottom... Redesign it a little so the bulb sits slightly lower, and make the rotators slightly smaller, maybe even recess the magnetic mounts slightly so the thing sits lower on the truck, and you could reduce the overall height by 1.5-2 inches easily! I can't be the only person in the world with this problem... I'd think this is a common problem. A GMC HD truck is a fairly common plow truck, and my garage has standard 9x7 doors...


    Still looking...
  6. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239


    i just got this catalog in the mail today and they have a fair amount of low profile lights and strobe systems .they have a ton of good stuff also .:salute:
    http://www.truckntow.com/ check them out !
  7. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    Well this Ecco model is 4.5" in perm. mount. But that probably doesn't help you. Here is a photo of this model on a truck elsewhere from this site. Also you can see this light in photos & video at this link:

    Ecco makes and Evolution model rotator that is wider 22" and only 4.3" tall but I think it only comes in perm. mount.

    I guess all rotators will be taller than most LED lights. If you want really low you may have to go LED. Low looks nice but I think taller lights with larger reflectors=brighter light.

    The Strobe Microbar would get you down there a little more. I am just not sure about strobes. The Dodge pictured has this bar.

    Here's a youtube link on that one in blue daytime:

    This bar is the nearly the same as the AWDirect model:


  8. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 828

    i second that i got my mini liberty with extra set liberty leds in the middle for a total of 6 for $600 .. of course there show room is excellent im about 30 min away from there warehouse...

    ETMegabyte - how much you have or want to spend???
  9. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    Another thought... sometimes electric garage doors hang down a little when open & you can sneak a little more height by tweaking a little with the opener travel adjustment.
  10. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

  11. ETMegabyte

    ETMegabyte Member
    Messages: 41

    LOL, that's a big part of why I have to re-measure. When I measured before, the door was just slightly lower than the opening. I have since adjusted the travel on the door opener and the door now opens to above the opening, but I haven't re-measured it yet...

    I had planned on sticking with the 5 7/8 idea, though, only because if I plan on being lower than that, when the ice builds up in front of my garage and the truck ends up slightly higher at the end of the season, I'll still have that slight amount of extra wiggle-room... I REALLY don't wanna hit the garage with the light. Both the garage and the truck are brand new to me, so damage to either is a bad thing...
  12. ETMegabyte

    ETMegabyte Member
    Messages: 41

    How much do I WANT to spend? As little as possible ;)

    Because, though it would be annoying as hell, I have the ability to put my rotator on the truck every time I take it out of the garage, meaning I have lights I could use if I had to, I dind't want to dedicate more than $100-150ish to this.

    I just use my truck for myself, and a few select others (neighbors and family), so I just can't justify $600 or $700 on lights... Not after just dropping $19k on the truck and plow...

    Maybe, if I don't find something good this year, next summer when prices come down I'll get something better... I dunno..
  13. ultimate plow

    ultimate plow PlowSite.com Addict
    from N. IL
    Messages: 1,770

  14. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    That's a permanent mount bar.
  15. ultimate plow

    ultimate plow PlowSite.com Addict
    from N. IL
    Messages: 1,770

    sweet. buy 4 magnets and put a cord on and you got a 300 led mini bar for a fraction. PS this bar has better off axis lighting than the whelen responder linear
  16. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,584

    My vote would be to spend a little extra on an LED low profile bar. This of course after I saw the roof of my friends superduty after he forgot to take his rotator bar off before pulling into the garage and "rolling" the lightbar between the soffit and the roof of the truck. The repair went well over the $1k mark. :dizzy:
  17. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    That looks like a nice little bar, nice price too.


    That appears to be a great deal. That is the Highlighter LED, no?

    Not a cheap bar.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2009
  18. ETMegabyte

    ETMegabyte Member
    Messages: 41

  19. ETMegabyte

    ETMegabyte Member
    Messages: 41

    Bah! Someone scooped it. I had the high bid and someone did the buy it now thing... Ah well... Still looking...
  20. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,229

    Those suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have one on my C4500...NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:dizzy::realmad: