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    Question code 3 ocilaser

    anyone have problems with code 3 ocilaser collecting water inside the lens? Also leading to rusting of the moving parts inside the light?

    Any thoughts, comments, suggestions...

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    Yes we had trouble with them, replaced them with LEDs fit the same place and price is about the same.

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    No problem with water collecting but plenty of trouble with vibration causing it to not work. We converted to the led unit. Code 3 makes about 3 different conversions for the oscilaser system. Check with code 3 and they can helpI think it is part number LXOLFX.

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    Same here. They gradually stopped working, and from the screws being backed out/tightened numerous times to work on them, the screws were no longer biting into the plastic and leaks started.
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    Spent more time fixing them than using them. We changed all of ours over to whelen rotators.
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    We have 2 on the front of our tower. We will never spec them again. We keep losing the ground and the light woggles and waggles but doesn't light up. As already said, we work on them more than they work.

    A neighboring department has them on their 75' quint and they never seem to work either. Oh well, lesson learned.
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    Same problems here, fogging, rust, locking up. We ripped them out replace them with whelen LEDs.

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    All the exterior mount Oscilasers i have ever seen only had bulb problems, that i know of. I think the Oscilaser has a good pattern and is a bit more cost efficient than the Mars 880, but i still like the Federal Signal "Crossfire"

    I wander how well they hold up interior mounted?
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    We replaced ours with Rotalasers in one truck and the Strobilasers in the other.

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    We have them on two engines, no issues in three years.
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    We had four of them on the front of our Tower. When they worked they moved traffic well, but it was rare to have all four working at one time. We had all the problems mentioned so we changed them all over to strobe lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HFRH28
    All the exterior mount Oscilasers i have ever seen only had bulb problems, that i know of. I think the Oscilaser has a good pattern and is a bit more cost efficient than the Mars 880, but i still like the Federal Signal "Crossfire"

    I wander how well they hold up interior mounted?
    The Federal Signal TCLF-BM is excellent. It can be mounted on the bumper as well as the roof. The TCLF-FM is made for flush mounting but I dont know if it can be placed in the headlight cluster. I'll check with my rep and get back to you. Another good light that can be mounted in the headlight cluster is the Federal Signal Fire Ray (tm) LED perimeter light. Check out all of their lights at:Federal Signal Emergency Products
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    Simple fix folks...Replace the ground wire with a larger size (gauge) then use a soft sealent, something that wont harden like a rock so you can still remove the lens to change bulbs. Did that to ours about 5 years ago and no problems since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HFRH28
    I think the Oscilaser has a good pattern and is a bit more cost efficient than the Mars 880, but i still like the Federal Signal "Crossfire"
    The nice thing about them compared to the Mars is draw. The Code3 uses a lot less juice...I liked the Crossfire as well, but they dont make it anymore.
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    Had 4, replaced 4.

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    Thanx for the replies...

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    Thumbs down

    We had them front and back on our midi, which have since been changed over to LED due to regular bulb/movement issues.

    We have 2 on the front of our quint. The white never seems to have a problem (less on time or something?). The red has become a California steady burn....

    It used to start moving again if you gave it a thump, but that hasn't been working either.

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    Default What can replace it?

    We have 2 of the code 3 lights in the grill of our Engine. What LED light will fit the hole created by the Code 3 light. We have the same problem , oscillates but does not light up?

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    Again, its a ground problem. Put a heavier ground wire in it and perhaps change what its grounded to, and your problems should go away. That is what we did with ours and 5 years later, still no problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwood
    What LED light will fit the hole created by the Code 3 light.

    I don't go back in until Monday, but I'll look.

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    The Whelen is the 600 series I believe, they have several options(LED, Halogen, Strobe). I could not find the rotator like we used as the replacement.

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    Ours was not a ground problem. The bulb vibrated so bad that it rubbed the contact off the bottom of the bulb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by upstater
    I don't go back in until Monday, but I'll look.
    I can't find a brand label anywhere on the stupid things.... I've done some searching on the web and can't find it either.

    I can't be certain, but the bezel looks like some others that Federal had on their site.

    Sorry I couldn't be more help.

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    I was told by a whelen dealer that their 600 series will mount right in there. He says they do it all the time. I haven't tried it yet but am lookin into it. If anyone has done this or knows if this is true let us know. Thanks!

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