1. Welcome to PlowSite. Notice a fresh look and new features? It’s now easier to share photos and videos, find popular topics fast, and enjoy expanded user profiles. If you have any questions, click HELP at the top or bottom of any page, or send an email to help@plowsite.com. We welcome your feedback.

    Dismiss Notice


Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by DeereFarmer, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    What do you all know about the Whelen TIR3 LED lights? Are they as good as they seem? Can you wire say four of them together in the grille and synchronize them? Do they need a separate power supply to make them flash? I'm new to this whole light thing. I'm thinking of putting two (maybe four) in my grille and two on my crossover toolbox when I start volunteer firefighting. We are required to have lights and I don't really want a lightbar because my truck won't fit in the garage. I was thinking a few TIR3s and a Whelen 90 Watt 6 head hide-a-way kit would to the trick and I'd have a nice sleeper fire truck without drawing a lot of attention to myself.
  2. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    I dont have experiance with the TIR3s but I have the LIN3s which are nearly identical except the reflector is setup different. Mine are amber and they are SUPER BRIGHT. I also have the soundoff predator IIs in my grille and even though they are brighter, its not by much and they have 8 gen 4 leds in them. They can be powered without an external flashe module. They have a sync wire that allows and # of them to flash at the same time. So if you put 4 in your grill then you can have the 2 pairs flashing alternately. At least i beleive that is how they work. I have 2 LIN3s, one under the F_250 badge on the front fender on each side. I have a video of them in strobe video thread. its the video where im in an install bay with the bay lights on.
  3. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 828

    yes you can wire 4 at a time i believe and they have a wire that can flash them at the same time ... they dont require external flash pack ... easy to install .. for the money is worth it
  4. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    Check into www.whackerusa.com The Traffic Cleaner Series are super bright and not that expensive. Just an idea.:)
  5. larryhd

    larryhd Senior Member
    from vermont
    Messages: 213

  6. Eclipse

    Eclipse Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    I like the LX4's over the TIR3. Better output, ability to have split colors, and split flash patterns and only a few more dollars. For the front of the truck these are great lights.

    For the side of a vehicle I like the linear style light. They have a wider range of light output and are more suited for the side of a vehicle. LIN3's are nice but I prefer the Xtreme 6's for only a few more dollars again.
  7. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    I have two TIR3's on my license plate on a bracket. Very very bright and at eye level of most cars. You could put those on a front license plate as well. The bracket makes installation a joke. You could even rig up two of those brackets to do your grille installation
  8. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

  9. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    Thanks for the info guys! If I don't go with a lightbar, these will be what I'm getting.
  10. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

  11. gmcsierra1500

    gmcsierra1500 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 151

    my opinion

    The TIR3 light heads are awsome lights, i have done many installs at my department using them and they have a great directional output, personaly i would go with the LIN3 lightheads due to the fact that they have a wider light output and can been seen better at more of an angle. I have two 500 series Linear 6s (next step up from the LIN3) in amber on the back of my toolbox and they are bright! alos they can be seen when standing on the side of my truck which eliminates the need for side warning. If you plan on plowing and you are a volunteer firefighter I would look into these lights http://www.brookingindustries.com/instructions/758632068.gif These lights have the ability to run amber for plowing, and then by taping a momentaryt switch run red for responding to calls
  12. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    I'm also thinking about mounting two on the rollbar of my tractor.
  13. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    The TIR and LIN's are mint to install becuase they dont require a power supply. Very simple to install and you can Sync a ton of them together. If you get bound up First Time, let me know. We have done many ford truck light installs...
  14. ultimate plow

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

    Im pretty sure you can only have 8 max, sync'ed up.
  15. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    That's more than I need, so I should be good to go.
  16. Sno What

    Sno What Member
    from CT
    Messages: 80

    I have way more than 8 synched up. No problems so far. I have heard this discussed on other threads / boards, and all agree you can synch more than 8
  17. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,107

    That's a lot of wire to run around the truck :dizzy:
  18. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

  19. 04f250xlt

    04f250xlt Junior Member
    Messages: 28

  20. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296