Am I the only one that still uses GEN 1 LEDs?

Nov 1, 2010
232
Mass.
So I've been looking around the site quite a bit, and I've noticed that not many people seem to be using any 5mm LEDs anymore... Aside from strobes and an gen3 amber TA to the rear, that's all I have on my truck haha. Is this just because I'm on a budget or am I really behind the times?
 

theolog

Member
Dec 27, 2010
731
North Carolina
My sergeant prefers them...loves the way they look. He has Whelen Avengers on his back deck, but the front of the car is nothing but Gen1 LEDs by choice.
 

theroofable

Member
May 23, 2010
1,379
New Jersey
Some people in my dept use tir grill lights and gen1 dash lights... The next town over has patriots with gen1 leds and strobes. Theyre good head on.
 
Nov 1, 2010
232
Mass.
hmm... maybe its just because the stuff has kinda fallen into my lap on a few occasions, and also because it's a fair bit cheaper. Secondary question: I know TIR doesn't usually have good off-axis light, but how does it compare to the 5mm? For example... slimlighters. I've got a gen1, and it does okay off-axis, whereas I've heard the Gen3 is lacking in that department.
 

firemedic105

Member
Jun 2, 2010
235
East Coast of Canada
I am still using quite a fair amount of the Gen1 LEDs. I Prefer them for some reason.
 

HFD eng1ine

Member
Jul 27, 2010
974
Essex County. MA
naww..i have a few..4 accually on the rear of my lightbar and two on the snowblower :D HAHA
 

Station 3

Member
May 21, 2010
3,395
Edinburg Texas
I have a 5mm dash light and two 5mm grill lights I like them and my pd has a unit with a patriot lightbar and its gen 1 and strobe mix looks okay.
 

grfd711

Member
Jun 23, 2010
1,546
Sherwood, AR
There's a vollie FD the next county over when I work part time on the ambo that has a mid 90s Chevy Suburban or Tahoe that has nothing but gen I LEDs. Kind of interesting, as it's an all black ride, with red lettering and has the Sho-me full size Luminator, four micro-lites on the grille, HAW strobes front and back and some LEDs in the back (interior) of the truck I can't remember. All together, it still does a very good job.
 

chono

Member
Jun 5, 2010
496
Midwest
theroofable said:
The next town over has patriots with gen1 leds and strobes. Theyre good head on.

Yeah the SD where i live has some. The strobes really stand out. They are slowly switching to to slicktop inner edges or liberties
 

kitn1mcc

Member
May 24, 2010
2,578
Old lyme ct
west haven ct still uses the patriots GEN1 they are attention getting. also they are great for rear of amber vehicles like plows set on single flash also the Whelen S/T/T blow away any of the typical truck light supplies
 

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