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  • Strobes/LED..tech question..

    My car is decked out with strobes and the power supplies. If I wanted to install some LEDs would they wire into the power supplies like the strobes?

    Thanks!

    B.
    2010 Graduate of Reinhardt University Police Academy
    Class 10-004

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    No, LED's use a lot less power than strobes and most have internal flashers. Usually, all you need is a ground and a power wire from the activation switch (which, obviously, is hooked to power).
    Originally posted by Ceridwen
    Just one would be stingy of me, I'd have to get two. For the children.

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    • #3
      Gotcha. Thanks!
      2010 Graduate of Reinhardt University Police Academy
      Class 10-004

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      • #4
        You could use the strobe wires that are already in place though. That would make your install a LOT easier. Then just replace the strobe power supplies with your LED flasher. Strobes have 3 wires, power, ground and a trigger wire, so you could use all 3 on your LEDs and use that trigger wire as your LED sync wire.

        PM me if you have any more questions, I outfit police cars on the side.
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        • #5
          cjs-luke sounds like he knows what he is talking about.

          Having played junior electrician while working for a department with zero budget for vehicle maintenance, I can tell you first hand it is both frustrating and (eventually) rewarding to do it yourself. The obvious advantage is you get the flash patterns you want, not what someone else thinks is effective.

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          • #6
            I know in the other thread someone mentioned elightbars.org.

            They are a great resource for people making their cars look like rolling light shows j/k

            Lots of good info there............
            Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

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            • #7
              I just replaced 4 Par36 halogens with LEDs on my motor. Very easy if you're competent with a pair of strippers (keep it clean now). Like suggested above I just used the existing wires (after unplugging those units from the control box) and no problem.

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              • #8
                Ok thanks for the info! I've been checking out elightbars... what a great site! I think I have enough lights but am seriously thinking about adding some amber to the rear in the light bar.

                B.
                2010 Graduate of Reinhardt University Police Academy
                Class 10-004

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by silly34 View Post
                  Ok thanks for the info! I've been checking out elightbars... what a great site! I think I have enough lights but am seriously thinking about adding some amber to the rear in the light bar.

                  B.
                  If you have a whelen Patriot bar, that is as simple as taking off the lenses and top cover and plugging the new light heads in, then snapping them into the holder. I did the same thing years ago. It's even easier if the bar is a Liberty.

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