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Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by midnightsun13, Nov 26, 2006.


front end strobes

  1. headlights

    7 vote(s)
  2. markers

    26 vote(s)
  1. midnightsun13

    midnightsun13 Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    i have a 1990 k1500 with composite headlights and i can get hide-a-ways installed for under $125.00 im gonna do them in my backup lights in the back but my question is should i do them in theheadlights or the marker's up front? i think having them in the headlights may be annoying while plowing at night........tell me what you guys think
  2. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    Definetaly in the turn signals....if they are installed in there then you get front and side warning vs. just out the front. Just my 0.02:)
  3. midnightsun13

    midnightsun13 Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    nah i have a seperate light for the side
  4. Plowfast9957

    Plowfast9957 Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    What kind of strobes are they. I would think they would charge that just for the install, nevermind the system.
  5. midnightsun13

    midnightsun13 Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    well it was gonna be 125 for the system and the install combined....but i already have a box out of an ex-police tahoe......and its getting installed through connections in the police department at the price that the police department would pay
  6. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    In most states (read: ALL) strobes in your headlights are illegal regardless of color, place being used or activity being performed.

    I mounted mine in the turnsignals like this:

    CURLERIC Member
    from NY
    Messages: 39

    Strobe Melt

    I Was Lookin Into 90 Watt Strobe Set Up & Saw In Whelan's Install Info That Strobe Power Supplies In Excess Of 10 Watts Per Outlet May Cause Composite Housings To Melt. I Was Going To Go With Higher Output For Visbility But Their Tech Support Advised That Split 4 Ways @ 22.5 Watts Per Outlet I Would Likely Have Meltdown. Anyone Melt Any Housings? How Are The 60 Watt Set Ups ? Anyone Melt Housings @ 15 Watts?
    Tnx 4 Wisdom,
  8. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    I've been running mine for about 2 years or so at 15W per head without any kind of heat issues. They're pretty damn bright too! :drinkup:
  9. profire73

    profire73 Member
    Messages: 46

    I can say that I have use many strobes in composite lights and never melted them and I ran them up to there max 30watts. Whelen puts that warning out to Cover themselves and most companies do. I guess it is from all there testing they have done on them and if there is the slightest possibilty of this happening that is what they go by.

    Right now I have 4 strobes installed in my Suburban headlights and they are hooked up to a 120 watt power supply. They have been there for years with no issues. Just be cautious of your mounting locations.

    Just my 2 cents.
  10. Antnee77

    Antnee77 PlowSite.com Addict
    from RI
    Messages: 1,056

    I was going to run Hide-a-ways at 30 watts each but my plow dealer told me that they'd burn up. He said the max is really around 23.5 watts per head. I don't know if I believe him.
  11. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    What reason has he given you to not believe him?
  12. midnightsun13

    midnightsun13 Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    when you guys mounted your strobes....does the box have only one wire per strobe or 2? my buddy says the boxes we are using has 12 outlets....but if theres 2 wires per strobe this may mean i can run 6 lights......if its one wire...i can make this thing a christmas tree lol
  13. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    Each tube requires 3 wires, but only one "plug" on the power supply.
  14. Fergy42286

    Fergy42286 Member
    Messages: 30

    I actually have 4 hide-a-ways up front(one headlight and one turn each side) running on a 90 watt power supply. no melt down yet.
  15. pats plowing

    pats plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 286


    I just got a new 07 f550 xlt dump and i want a strobe system.
    I do not know what i want so im open to suggestions
    also it comes with upfitter switches so do i need a powerpack for the lights? anyone with an idea let me know pics are welcome
    also im not an idiot when it comes to trucks but is this something a rookie can do?
  16. profire73

    profire73 Member
    Messages: 46

    pats plowing, I am not sure what the switches are you are talking about but I am sure you will need a complete kit. I am assuming that the switches are just 12v power?

    As far as the install, piece of cake if you have the slightest clue about wires. A couple of holes and running some cables, power and ground and you should be in business. There are a couple of more wires involved but not a big deal.

    Any questions you need answered about installing them you are in the right place.
  17. Antnee77

    Antnee77 PlowSite.com Addict
    from RI
    Messages: 1,056

    Well, I have heard so many people say that they run 30 watts to each of their bulbs without a problem, so I'm guessing he just said to stay under 23.5 watts in order to prevent excessive heat in a small tailight housing.
  18. midnightsun13

    midnightsun13 Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    looks like markers are gonna be the way to go
  19. J29

    J29 Senior Member
    Messages: 171

    Hey Antnee 77,
    I'm just wondering who your plow dealer is. I know you run a Fisher so I'm assuming its either Buckys or Dejana. Just curious. Also, when I went to the Whelen factory in CT. many years ago to have my hide-a-ways installed, they wouldnt put them in my reverse lights of my super duty. They said they would melt them. I run a 60 watt 6 head system, so that would have only been 10 watts per head. I wasnt sure if they were just being lazy or not. I have been running four lights, 2 in the brake lights and 2 in the front turn signals without any heat related problems whatsoever for the past five years. Also, pats plowing, the upfitter switches just mean you wont need a control panel. You can hook the power supply into them instead of buying something extra. J.