Federal Signal Commander: Rebooted With 21st Century Tech

LRGJr72

Premium Member
I debated with whether this should be posted in this thread or somewhere else. But the base and dome of this Commander series of 120v beacons is very traditional. It looks like the they just swapped out the internals with Solaris Rotators. These rotators are amazing. I had my doubts until spending a lot of time in NYC the last year and a half for work. Loads of Vision SLRs there. They are very bright.

Anyway, price tag for this LED Commander... $1000.

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Nolines

Site Regular
I personally think that they are ok, just too small of a reflector, why is it everything has to be so small. are they just trying to concentrate the light into a small beam or what.. esp for its size.
 
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LRGJr72

LRGJr72

Premium Member
IMO the SLR rotators look bright at night, but are to be desired during the daytime. Especially on bright sunny days.
I thought the same thing. But seeing hundreds of them in-person in bright daylight hours they sure seem bright to me.
 

Maxim2Eng

Premium Member
Platinum Supporter
No, not like that one, with superfluous led heads, a real lightbar such as an aerodynic, jetstream or streethawk
Hey, don't forget the model 12 TwinSonic! Even the Navigator has cascade mirrors. And think of the options of the SLR rotator...no more white flash followed by red (or blue) cascade flash. Alternate colors with each revolution...yea, cool.
But the price tag is a bit hefty!
 
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LRGJr72

LRGJr72

Premium Member
Hey, don't forget the model 12 TwinSonic! Even the Navigator has cascade mirrors. And think of the options of the SLR rotator...no more white flash followed by red (or blue) cascade flash. Alternate colors with each revolution...yea, cool.
But the price tag is a bit hefty!
How much of a dork am I for having fantasized about a rebooted TwinSonic using SRL rotators with cascade mirrors for at least 5 years?

On that note I'm wondering if there will ever be larger versions of the SLR assembly.
 

Skulldigger

Site Guru
I wonder what size the dome is? This means they will continue to manufacture those domes. Are they the same size as a Model 17?
 

Maxim2Eng

Premium Member
Platinum Supporter
I wonder what size the dome is? This means they will continue to manufacture those domes. Are they the same size as a Model 17?
Yes, the domes are the same. Almost bought a Commander for its blue glass dome to put on my 174, but missed the auction.
 

stansdds

Veteran Member
$1000 is way overpriced for such a beacon, at least in my opinion. As for the domes, they would be the same size as the large diameter Beacon Ray domes.
 

dmathieu

Premium Member
Be careful when buying the domes. They may come as an assembly, with the ring securely glued to the dome. Nearly impossible to separate w/o breaking the dome.
 

stansdds

Veteran Member
Be careful when buying the domes. They may come as an assembly, with the ring securely glued to the dome. Nearly impossible to separate w/o breaking the dome.
That's good to know. And leave it to FS to take something simple and make it expensive and complex. :rolleyes:
 

Maxim2Eng

Premium Member
Platinum Supporter
I was referring to the old style Commander...silver metal base and ring. Those use the same domes as 17x BeaconRays and confirmed to me years ago by John Dorgan (Sirenman).
 

Skulldigger

Site Guru
I have the Federal 312 Titan and it uses a Model 17 dome too. Haven't measured to see if it is the small or large diameter one.


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