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    Hey guys, looking at getting a wig-wag system for my headlights, does anyone have any suggestions? Also, I am looking at different Whelen bulbs for my tail lights. Anyone know of any cheap distributors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonbeard View Post
    Hey guys, looking at getting a wig-wag system for my headlights, does anyone have any suggestions? Also, I am looking at different Whelen bulbs for my tail lights. Anyone know of any cheap distributors?

    Thanks!!


    You first should check with the State Police in the state which you live, to see IF you can have these.

    Try doing a search on google for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonbeard View Post
    Hey guys, looking at getting a wig-wag system for my headlights, does anyone have any suggestions? Also, I am looking at different Whelen bulbs for my tail lights. Anyone know of any cheap distributors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnee View Post
    You first should check with the State Police in the state which you live, to see IF you can have these.

    Try doing a search on google for them.
    3/4 of the department has them, so I would persume yes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jonbeard View Post
    3/4 of the department has them, so I would persume yes.

    1. If 3/4ths of the Department jumped off a bridge, would you?

    2. Why not ask the 3/4ths of the Department where they got theirs?
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    If you can get the parts, I can send you the schematic...

    OTOH, you're probably better off buying off-the-shelf.

    Just make sure you buy the right system for your vehicle's electrical system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonbeard View Post
    3/4 of the department has them, so I would persume yes.

    Be very careful presuming there in North Carolina. I believe (but of course I could be wrong) that alernating headlights are NOT legal for volunteers in NC.

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    Wackers.com has a large selection of flashing shiny lights just for POV fire vehicles...

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    Yeah, I am just looking at probably sticking with Whelen only, that way I don't screw around with it after putting it in. Spend a little more money, but save a headache or two. Get it done right, and the first time, you know?

    Currently looking at some 90w strobe bulbs for my head/tail lights. Running $50/bulb, but I have seen them and they make you squint

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterboy1 View Post
    Wackers.com has a large selection of flashing shiny lights just for POV fire vehicles...
    Thanks I will check them out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LVFD301 View Post
    Be very careful presuming there in North Carolina. I believe (but of course I could be wrong) that alernating headlights are NOT legal for volunteers in NC.
    Ill double check with my officer friend. Its good to have connections Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    1. If 3/4ths of the Department jumped off a bridge, would you?
    Yes. Gotta maintain PAR.. "You Go, I go!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonbeard View Post
    Yeah, I am just looking at probably sticking with Whelen only, that way I don't screw around with it after putting it in. Spend a little more money, but save a headache or two. Get it done right, and the first time, you know?

    Currently looking at some 90w strobe bulbs for my head/tail lights. Running $50/bulb, but I have seen them and they make you squint
    Let me guess - the Recon units, right?

    Little hint - although they say those are 90 watt lights, what they will admit when backed up to the wall is it is a 90 watt SYSTEM, and those bulbs are for the system.

    It is a 6 head power supply, so do the math. 90 / 6 equals 15 watts per head. Less power than most public safety units. Recon is made for show vehicles, and it is a low quality low power unit

    Another hint - at 20 watts per tube, they can melt the lense on the turn signal/brake lights. Think what a 90 watt tube, if available could do.

    And a 90 watt tube would do more than make you squint - it would blind the drivers coming toward you.

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    i used a set of wig wags from galls that were 20 bucks and had a great experiance with them easy to instal just find your high beam wire and splice them in
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonbeard View Post
    but I have seen them and they make you squint
    Because thats exactly what you want on coming traffic doing.



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    Quote Originally Posted by LVFD301 View Post
    Let me guess - the Recon units, right?

    Little hint - although they say those are 90 watt lights, what they will admit when backed up to the wall is it is a 90 watt SYSTEM, and those bulbs are for the system.

    It is a 6 head power supply, so do the math. 90 / 6 equals 15 watts per head. Less power than most public safety units. Recon is made for show vehicles, and it is a low quality low power unit

    Another hint - at 20 watts per tube, they can melt the lense on the turn signal/brake lights. Think what a 90 watt tube, if available could do.

    And a 90 watt tube would do more than make you squint - it would blind the drivers coming toward you.
    This is Waaaaay too easy to pass up. WHEN is the LAST time you saw a STROBE tube MELT a lense? I've got a UP690 in my truck,Public safety grade,and you're right,it's 15 watts a tube. AND,you WON'T have ANY troubled seeing them.If you run 6 off a 60 watt unit,it's 10 per tube. And AGAIN,you won't have any trouble seeing them. I use Whelen stuff,long lived and the Town has an account with them. Same goes for the Headlight flasher,they make a very nice,long lived unit. Some of the Chinese stuff,NOT SO MUCH. T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    This is Waaaaay too easy to pass up. WHEN is the LAST time you saw a STROBE tube MELT a lense? I've got a UP690 in my truck,Public safety grade,and you're right,it's 15 watts a tube. AND,you WON'T have ANY troubled seeing them.If you run 6 off a 60 watt unit,it's 10 per tube. And AGAIN,you won't have any trouble seeing them. I use Whelen stuff,long lived and the Town has an account with them. Same goes for the Headlight flasher,they make a very nice,long lived unit. Some of the Chinese stuff,NOT SO MUCH. T.C.

    Thats easy. Last November. A Sheriffs department decided it would be cheaper to do the install in house than pay my shop to do it.

    Chevy pickup, they put strobes in the third brake light/cargo light fixture. They told me they really had to stuff it in there to make it all fit. 40 watt two head unit. It melted. My installers always try to get 20 watts to a head (by sizing the power supply correctly) but they also install the tubes so they are not literally touching the lense.

    They can pay me now, or they can pay me (more) later.

    As an aside, I can't count the number of dash lights I have seen melted, almost always cheap knockoffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LVFD301 View Post
    Thats easy. Last November. A Sheriffs department decided it would be cheaper to do the install in house than pay my shop to do it.

    Chevy pickup, they put strobes in the third brake light/cargo light fixture. They told me they really had to stuff it in there to make it all fit. 40 watt two head unit. It melted. My installers always try to get 20 watts to a head (by sizing the power supply correctly) but they also install the tubes so they are not literally touching the lense.

    They can pay me now, or they can pay me (more) later.

    As an aside, I can't count the number of dash lights I have seen melted, almost always cheap knockoffs.
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    Hey,must have been doing it RIGHT all these years. NEVER melted a lense. Never tried to stuff strobes in a cyclops either,talk about DUMB. Probably go a hundred or so systems out there,outside of an occasional bad tube,no other problems. Most of the stuff we run is 15 watts per outlet,good output and long life. T.C.

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    Or lucky, headlight housing composite quality differ greatly from maker to maker. The recon lights I've dealt with were generally of poor quality and high prices.
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    Considering that the cops around here are starting to figure out that the blue LED's they've been adding to the backside of their lightbars are sometimes a bit overwhelming... There is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    Hey,must have been doing it RIGHT all these years. NEVER melted a lense. Never tried to stuff strobes in a cyclops either,talk about DUMB. Probably go a hundred or so systems out there,outside of an occasional bad tube,no other problems. Most of the stuff we run is 15 watts per outlet,good output and long life. T.C.
    And there you have the difference - installing them correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LVFD301 View Post
    And there you have the difference - installing them correctly.

    Morons walk among us....
    ...... Strobes in the third brake light??? F-DA

    I'm with TC on the Whelen strobe systems. I do about 20 installs a year during the summer. I'll only use the Whelen UPS690's or ISP188's. Even running 6 on the ISP188, I've yet to melt a lens. And I don't see it happening in the near future.

    If you're melting lenses, as said, you're not qualified to do any installs.

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