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02-26-2009, 04:09 PM #21
02-26-2009, 04:16 PM #22
As for lightbars, all I want to do is be seen so I dont get hit and go to jail and/or get sued.
Give me some solid reds and a bar that lights the place up and I'm good...
02-26-2009, 04:45 PM #23
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At the risk of being labeled a whacker, I'd note we prefer a combination of LEDs and rotators. The LEDs do show up better when you look at them, but truly do not "throw" the light such that it reflects off all the glass in an intersection at night. If you park a truck with standard halogen rotators or strobes in a parking lot at night with the warning lights on, you'll see them reflect on every piece of glass that remotely faces the parking lot, with LED's... not so much.
02-26-2009, 06:24 PM #24
RFDACM02- Thanks for all of the good information. Im wondering if your city or town might consider going back to the older street lights? I am guessing not since they paid so much for the LED street lights?
As for apparatus, I like the older style apparatus lights. But LEDs are the future and I think we are going to keep seeing more and more.
02-26-2009, 08:40 PM #25
What the hell, i'll post on an old thread.
While I was a quick believer in LED's, it was pointed out to me, and now I see it, that they don't "bounce" off objects or reflect off stuff that well.
I think you have to throw in some strobes or halogens.
Mix it up so that you get the best of all worlds. Use LED's for the big lights (lightbars) and strobes and flashers for the smaller ones.
This is a compromise that gives you visibility and good power management.I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.
"The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."
"When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."
02-26-2009, 10:34 PM #26
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LEDs are by far the brightest warning power day and night. The one caveat is that you must place them wisely, as their warning power is directional. A rotary light rotates and covers 360. LEDs must be mounted wisely to give the intersection warning but it is not hard. Try Lightbarn.com (formerly elightbars.org) and you will learn a lot.
02-27-2009, 12:21 AM #27
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