Updated: May 27, 2015
Your Guide to the Best LED Strobe Lights:Finding the Best LED Strobe Lights - When each second counts, you need every advantage that you can get. If one car moves out of your way, if you can go through a stop sign or red light safely, or if you can drive a little faster - all of this helps you get where you need to go. For emergency responders, police, EMTs, firefighters, and construction operations, there is no better tool than LED strobe lights. These very visible signals urge other drivers to use caution - or get out of the way. They can be tremendous time-savers for you, as well as life-savers when you need to mark a construction zone or accident scene. How do LED strobe lights work? Where can you find the best ones? This guide will shed some light on LED strobes so you can make the best, safest, and most visible decision for your needs.
What is LED? - HowStuffWorks calls light emitting diodes (LED) the "unsung heroes of the electronics world." Your remote, your alarm clock, your watch, traffic signals, and maybe even your television screen use LED to provide low-heat, low-energy illumination. In contrast to incandescent light bulbs, LED lights don't get hot and don't have a filament that will burn out. You can see this with regular light bulbs. When they've burned out, you'll see the filament is quite literally burned out, and the bulb is extremely hot to the touch. All that heat is completely wasted energy. While LED devices may be more expensive up front (though this is equalizing), they more than pay for themselves in the long run. They are ideal for emergency strobe lights because they are durable and consume less energy. What to Look for in an LED Strobe Light - Most LED strobe lights are programmable so you can adjust the flash for continuously slow, continuously fast, alternatively fast, alternatively slow, and alternatively slow and fast, as well as other combinations. You will most often see emergency strobe lights in red, blue, white, and amber, which are universally recognized as caution or emergency lights. Think about where you want to mount the LED strobe light. This will depend largely on your purposes: an undercover police officer doesn't want a permanently mounted roof strobe light, but a firefighter may. You'll be able to find models that mount to the roof or inside by the side or rearview mirrors, window, or dash. LED strobe lights can also be integrated into head or taillights. This is great for undercover police officers, for instance, because they are concealed until activated. These strobe lights cause a disorienting affect on drivers, which is handy for police but not safe for civilians to use as they can cause accidents. You may also find a mini LED strobe light to be useful. These can be mounted anywhere and powered via your vehicle's cigarette lighter. These are useful if you'll be using different vehicles. View the best selling LED strobe lights online here.
Best LED Strobe Lights:The type of LED strobe that you'll need depends on how you intend to use it. It is important to find a reliable source, though, which offers a wide selection of lights at good prices. Your first stop should be Extreme Tactical Dynamics. Not only do they provide reliable, effective LED lighting, they provide it at lower prices. In fact, the business was started because the owners were "sickened" that first responders had to pay so much (and in many cases, they are volunteers) for necessary and life-saving equipment. As a result, they built their business around low, fair prices for top quality products. Today, Extreme Tactical Dynamics serves the Secret Service, U.S. Army Military Police in Iraq, and a host of fire and police departments around the globe. Where better to get your emergency strobe lights? Extreme Tactical Dynamics makes a variety of lights, including dash and undercover models, so your needs are met. Let's look at one of their most popular items, the LED Quad. This 15"L x 2.75"D x 1.75"H LED strobe light features an on/off switch with attached strobe pattern switch, cigarette lighter plug (though that is not necessary for operation), 26 different patterns, Gen III LED's (don't look directly at these babies! They are the brightest LEDs on the market), low energy, interior/exterior use, weather-proofing, included mounting brackets, and a one-year warranty. You can see a video preview for the LED Quad here (http://www.extremetacticaldynamics.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=28). This strobe light is $90. A name that you'll run into when you're considering LED strobe lights is Whelen. Especially popular are the Hide-a-Way LED lights. You can see a video of Whelen's Hide-a-Ways down below:
Remember that these are particularly effective at night (and you don't have to have a Cadillac Escalade limo to put them on either. But if you do, hey, why not?). The Hide-a-Way tubes and systems are ideal for unmarked vehicles, as well as marked ones. They are very small and require a remote power source. They are easy to install and use. The HA239C model, for instance, has a clear strobe with soft-plug and flange. One downside to these Hide-a-Ways is that they only come in clear or amber. But that may be just what you need at night. Those of us without Escalades can also see amber Hide-a-Ways in action here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqRrdQwrhzo): note the use of lightbar as well for even more effective lighting. Whelen strobe lights are available at NorthernTool, SWPS.com, AWDirect, and other online vendors. You can also turn to Amazon for a line of LED strobe lights from CrossFire. The CrossFire X12-BDG LED Set, for instance, offers 2 head pieces with 6 bulbs each, Gen III LED technology, red light, lower power consumption, 7 flash patterns, including double, quad, quint and mega alternating flash, double and quad simultaneous flash, and dual structure with diversified color combinations within red, blue, white, and amber (and special colors are also available). Perfect for the rear deck, grill, or bumper, this CrossFire set costs $130. You can see other CrossFire selections here. Having emergency strobe lights may be necessity in your job; if so, you need the best of the best to ensure maximum effectiveness. These suggestions will get you started. There is no substitute for LED in terms of brightness and durability.