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Strobes and Light bars.

if you really want alot of suggestions, try the Technical lighting discussion board at elightbars.org


I used to go all out with fullsize lightbars and stuff on my old vehicles, but decided to stay modest on my new explorer. I have a pair of small LEDs in the grill (whelen TIR3's), hideaway strobes in my amber rear turn signals, and a traffic director in the back window. Im also getting 4 more hideaways for my front turn signals, but only for the sole reason that I enjoy installing stuff like that and needed something else to do. If you want pictures, post here and I'll get them up.
 
I have done a couple of deals with some guys off elightbars, mostly parted out my old lightbar there. You can get some sweet deals there, but check feedback on the feedback forum first.
 
Thanks for the suggestions, I think I will try EBay first and if I can't find anything there I will try one of the sites you've recommended.
 
I would suggest Gall's or OMB Police Supply. My suggestion would be to stay away from the Federal Signal products as they are more expensive. Whelen would be the best bet. Gall's also has their own brand of strobes and lightbars which are relatively inexpensive.
 
FYI...rotating or flashing lights of any color are illegal in the
State of Nebraska (can't speak for other states).

Does that include amber and yellow? I know most states dont have a problem with those two. I know reds and blues are a big no-no just about anywhere unless you're a law enforcement officer or firefighter.
 
Originally posted by Anthony Silver
FYI...rotating or flashing lights of any color are illegal in the
State of Nebraska (can't speak for other states).

Does that include amber and yellow? I know most states dont have a problem with those two. I know reds and blues are a big no-no just about anywhere unless you're a law enforcement officer or firefighter.

Yeah, that includes amber, yellow, & white, too. However, if the lights are permanent and they are legal in the state where the car is licenced, it's not illegal to have them. You just can't legally use them.

That's the letter of the law, anyway. In reality, I see chasers using amber strobes and lightbars all the time out here, sometimes in plain view of the police. I've never seen or heard of anyone being pulled over for it. I'm sure if you were speeding with the lights and the wigwags and the strobes on and making traffic pull to the side for you (I've seen that before, too), the fuzz wouldn't be so lacadasical and you'd likely end up in jail.
 
Your vech. has to be legel for the state it is licn. in. If you can have yellow in your home state you can have it anywhere. If you turn it on anywhere else it would have to be for a good reason. Most not all police officers have better things to do than stop you.
 
Originally posted by Andrew Geil+--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Andrew Geil)</div>
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Your vech. has to be legel for the state it is licn. in. If you can have yellow in your home staute you can have it anywhere.

Not true, what so ever. If the state law says you need X, Y, Z, then you need X, Y, Z, regardless of what your state says.

Why risk the hassle?

Anyways, I'd stay away from lightbars personally. Get yourself a small pair of TIR3 LEDs from Whelen; they're $50 a pop, incredible small, but extremely bright.[/b]

Not sure I want to fuel this (again) but I disagree. If that were the case, all sorts of equipment that is legal in one state but not in another would have to be checked at the border. All you guys with laptops up front where the driver can see them? Check em at the border when you enter TX, unless your working for the news of course, the exempt that. Of course you ARE just using that solely as a navigational device right?

I'll give you a perfect example. Some states require a front license plate, others don't. So are you going to tell me that because TX requires it that someone from NM (which does not require them) comes to TX they have to have one? No, because they go by the requirements of the state the car is registered in.
 
I apologize for pointing out Nebraska's laws in this thread. I did not realize that it was a recurring and contentious issue and did not mean to start a fracas. :oops:

As you were.

Darren Addy
Kearney, NE
 
Just as a point of interest. I flat out asked a TX DPS trooper tonight what his professional opinion was on chase vehicles with amber lights on them was and his exact words were "I think it's a good thing! People aren't paying enough attention around a storm and I think it adds safety." I also asked and got the answer "...the amber lights ARE legal." (in TX anyway).
 
Originally posted by Andrew Geil
Unless there is a reciprocity agreement on the books for it, then they are illegal. Some states have them (IE, Maryland, Deleware, and Virginia) do for volunteer firefighters. Illinois and Wisconson do not (And thus, their troopers are more then happy to exchange citations to the great north). So yes, technically, your laptops are illegal then.

Not true.

If you drive your Illinois-registered vehicle in WI with blue/white lights on it, it is not illegal -unless- you turn them on. So long as you can legally posess them in IL and have that ID with you, you can drive thru WI all day long providing they stay turned off.
 
Originally posted by jwest
So long as you can legally posess them in IL and have that ID with you, you can drive thru WI all day long providing they stay turned off.
You may well convince the judge of that technicality, but you will NOT convince the cop who pulled you over of it. There is courthouse law, and there is roadside law. Attempting to argue the finer points of law with any cop is a bad idea. They are not going to admit they are wrong. Your best option is to be polite, play nice, and assure him that you have no intention of using said lights and hope he is in a good mood.

An even better option is to simply not put them on your vehicle or at least mask them when in another state. Cops do not need a legitimate reason to arrest you, take you to jail, leave you there for two days, then let you out with no charges filed just because you argued with them.
 
OK...can we please keep on topic? The question posed was suggestions of specific types of lights, and where a good place to purchase them from is. It was NOT a question about the legal/ethical issues associated with having lights on a vehicle.
 
OK...can we please keep on topic? The question posed was suggestions of specific types of lights, and where a good place to purchase them from is. It was NOT a question about the legal/ethical issues associated with having lights on a vehicle.

The two questions go hand in hand though Chris. Granted anyone can order strobes or a light bar but then they need to check state law's on the issue.
Iowa just passed a law saying any vehicle approaching a displayed vehicle using red, blue, or yellow lights must
1) Slow to a speed of 35 mph or
2) Move to the furthest lane.
Also I know Minnesota has this as I would guess many other are states. I’m sure these laws didn't cover the Normal storm chaser unless doing it on offical business. just because you have them doesn't mean you can use them.

back to main question code 3 also has lights
http://www.code3pse.com/
 
So Bart, what have you decided on so far? If you need any help narrowing down some choices, let me know, I like lights and have done 5 different installs from full out lightbars to slicktops.

-Ben
 
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