question on working with strobes

danh

Member
Jun 1, 2010
15
Erie,PA
I have an edge bar from my old truck and I am thinking of cleaning it up and checking the power supplies. I also want to add extra strobes to the unsued options on the supplies. What is a general rule of thumb for the wait time after powering down the bar before you can work with the wires and connections? I want to check flash patterns as well as group which strobes fire togeather. I would also like to know if I should unhook the power and ground wires from my power source after powering down and before I begin to work on the inside.
 

Jarred J.

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May 21, 2010
11,555
Shelbyville, TN
5 mins is the "norm" but some power supplies state on them how long to wait.
 

jdh

Member
May 21, 2010
1,538
Geneva, FL
I usually give it a 1/2 hour...just because I'v been zapped before and it's no fun. And yes, I would unhook power, at least on the hot side just in case....
 

danh

Member
Jun 1, 2010
15
Erie,PA
Thanks guys it has been a while since I have worked on the edge bar. If anyone has wiring lititure on a 9004-SL feel free to post it here or email me at danhunt51@firehousemail.com, I can never find the info I need on whelen's site reguarding this type of bar.
 

03crownvic

Member
May 8, 2010
1,033
Louisiana
Just for everyone's grins and giggles (not for you though), why not go ahead and pinch a strobe tube while it is on and energized...and make sure to have a video camera record the event for posterity (and youtube) and tell your friends to post the video here, since you probably won't be able to. Also, make sure your hospitalization and/or life insurance policy is paid up, especially if you have a pacemaker.
 

danh

Member
Jun 1, 2010
15
Erie,PA
03crownvic said:
Just for everyone's grins and giggles (not for you though), why not go ahead and pinch a strobe tube while it is on and energized...and make sure to have a video camera record the event for posterity (and youtube) and tell your friends to post the video here, since you probably won't be able to. Also, make sure your hospitalization and/or life insurance policy is paid up, especially if you have a pacemaker.

Ya no thanks.
 

unlisted

Lifetime VIP Donor
May 20, 2010
7,331
NA
If you are simply plugging in/disconnecting strobe connections, I (personally) don't wait longer than 5 minutes..


If your gonna be touching and poking your mitts in places where you shouldn't.. well than wait a good 30/60 minutes.. ;)
 

EVModules

Member
May 16, 2010
864
Deer Park, WA
Heck, I even work with them with them powered & running during troubleshooting! When wiring, of course I don't have it powered up and usually move on to other things while waiting for it to discharge completely after a few minutes.
 

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