Interior indicator light for warning lights?

Discussion in 'Visual Warning Equipment' started by the Tasty Cat, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. the Tasty Cat

    the Tasty Cat Lurking Newbie

    Hey all - I'm running a very simple setup with just two lighting stages. I would like some sort of simple indicator inside the truck that basically reminds me if I've got the lights on. Ideally it would be able to show a difference between the two stages. Anything spring to mind?

    Many thanks!
     
  2. Jarred J.

    Jarred J. Archive Expert Silver Level Member

    Lighted on/ off switch? Lol
     
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  3. the Tasty Cat

    the Tasty Cat Lurking Newbie

    Unfortunately that's not an option in this particular setup - I might just wire two simple lights - just wanted to shout out in case there was a clean/easy way. I know LE often uses a beep every 20 seconds or so - I'd rather have a light if possible.
     
  4. Jarred J.

    Jarred J. Archive Expert Silver Level Member

    How is it not possible. Are you using switches to activate your modes of warning... If not then what are you using to activate them....

    Also that beep is coming from a siren control head...

    Waiting to hear more so we can offer more ideas....
     
  5. the Tasty Cat

    the Tasty Cat Lurking Newbie

    Thanks J - so I've got six switches mounted in the overhead console, and the lighting control switch is a stage1-off-stage2 rocker; they're Contura V switches, and unfortunately I can't find any Contura Vs that are lighted for both directions, just one. But - it would be very easy for me to run power from the two stages when they're on, which is why I thought of a small light somewhere. I'm sure there are other rocker switches that will light in either direction, but I do want to keep things a little streamlined so I'm really pretty stuck with what I've got.
     
  6. Jarred J.

    Jarred J. Archive Expert Silver Level Member

  7. Jarred J.

    Jarred J. Archive Expert Silver Level Member

    can you post a pic of the factory switch panel?

    does it look like this?

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    or this...

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  8. unlisted

    unlisted Gold Level Member

  9. unlisted

    unlisted Gold Level Member

    .... do you really need an indicator light? Isn't the flashback enough ?
     
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  10. minig0d

    minig0d Senior Member

    Exactly what unlisted said... add more lights?

    Or why not just use a panel mount LED like this in front of each of the switches (or wire it up with diodes to all of the switches if you just wanted a single LED).

    Or go wild and put it in the instrument cluster?

    https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Sea-Systems-120V-LED/dp/B000K2K7BK
     
  11. the Tasty Cat

    the Tasty Cat Lurking Newbie

    Sorry all, I wasn't thinking clearly earlier - it's been nonstop since 5 this morning. All my conturas do have two lights, but with one exception I'm using them all for backlights or they disappear at night. I think such an external LED is going to be my best bet here - flashback at night is obvious but I'm thinking about daylight.

    So if I used one of those indicator lights, I could just flush-mount it anywhere on the dash? Seems pretty straightforward. Thanks all!
     
  12. Jarred J.

    Jarred J. Archive Expert Silver Level Member

    If you really wanted an audible alarm tie a relay into the seat belt reminder lol
     
  13. dg0223

    dg0223 Member

    Stick your head out the window and see if the lights are on. Problem solved.
     
  14. pdk9

    pdk9 Veteran Member

    My dept’s fleet mechanics use the Whelen OS lights as indicator lights. They work pretty well and cost about $20
     
  15. tuckerm

    tuckerm Established Member

    Yup. That's what I use in my truck too. Works pretty good and its cheap.
     

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