What are these lights/interesting use...

Jennifer Rose Towing

Site Regular
A while back I saw an interesting light setup as I passed a police car with lights on at night. Today I was driving and saw the vehicle during the day with the lights off.

Just curious as to what they are and wanted to share this interesting use.Screenshot_2019-06-17-11-46-34.pngScreenshot_2019-06-17-11-46-24.png
 

John Smith

Junior Member
And here I am pissed that my upfitter used 4 mPower modules as opposed to nForce ones.

Interesting, though moronic and a shit lighting package. Every hole drilled in the body increases wind noise, moisture problems, and decreases resale. It's the reason we switched from exterior to interior bars.

I don't mind the high exterior mounted lift gate lights, but personally we put a full 8 module bar in the back window and even through the tint it's certainly not dim. Hopefully they wired the lift gate lights to traffic advise as well.

Side note, I like their paint/decals. Are they not required to run license plates?
 

Phillyrube

Senior Member
As LEDs have evolved, I was critical of the lighting on my agency's cars. First off, we had no say in the setups. The city garage spec'ed the cars, and that upfitter up north built them. Fire and EMS could design their cars, but not PD. We used the joke that the head of the garage had naked pictures of the Chief. When the new chief came on, he had meetings with the sergeants. We asked about the car lighting and he said when the took the job, the city manager told him hands off on the garage.

That being said, and after seeing some of the LED setups in the horlando area, well, there is such a thing as overdoing it. Are those lights maybe a directional arrow?

Oh my God, I used to respond in a car with a single PA-Light on the roof. How did I avoid being wrecked all the time?
 

John Smith

Junior Member
I never will understand why city shop workers have any say in how cars are up-fitted.

There is such a thing as overdoing it, especially overdoing it with these tiny 1 diode modules.

You also used to respond in a time where there were no cell phones, and that's huge. The amount of distractions in today's cars forces emergency equipment to need to evolve dramatically.
 

tsquale

Site Minion
Platinum Supporter
Are they not required to run license plates?

Minnesota does not require municipally owned PD/FD/EMS vehicles that are marked to have license plates. Many have ones that are state issued but just say "POLICE" "FIRE" "EMS" however more agencies are using custom ones. Unmarked vehicles typically have regular civilian plates, though I have seen some with tax exempt plates as well. Private EMS agencies (quite a few in the state) are required to have plates, a lot are tax exempt plates.
 

coop359

Member
Love to see a video with them on. I question the angle the are sitting at. Level lights work and punch better. Ford had exhaust fumes coming in from modified tailgates. Hopefully they sealed them. Rust will start at some point if that is steel.
 
I could live with them if they were supplemental and had a traffic arrow function. There's enough space between them and the spoiler lights to have some effect.

And if you hate holes on the back of a vehicle, you'll hate this setup:


It may be ugly but it's visible.
 

John Smith

Junior Member
I'm not a huge fan of that setup, but it's not terrible. I'd do away with the top modules and warning and just leave those huge 4 lights. 2 in the middle Amber, on a slow alternating with the red and blue on the outsides. Perfect.
 

emtpals

Junior Member
That's a very interesting use of the Nforces on the roof of the Park Ranger vehicle. Flood and warning perhaps?
 
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Jennifer Rose Towing

Jennifer Rose Towing

Site Regular
I was able to capture some video. It appears they are run by a flasher as I have seen mutilpe patterns (unless each vehicle has a set pattern).

The first 2 were the same vehicle just 2 cameras and a buggy windshild.

 
That's a very interesting use of the Nforces on the roof of the Park Ranger vehicle. Flood and warning perhaps?

The rear facing lights below the spoiler are Ions that are set for steady burn. The rear corner lights are surface mount intersectors. They are there for side warning. Subsequent builds used under mirror intersectors on the spoiler to get a cleaner install.

Original write up:
 
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Jennifer Rose Towing

Jennifer Rose Towing

Site Regular
Saw a different style lighthead today on another vehicle. Maybe these are dual color as I thout I saw multi color a long time backScreenshot_2019-07-10-16-16-11.png
 

Jarred J.

Archive Expert
Silver Supporter
looks like cannons or the like
 

Station 3

Forum Guru
I know a local shop that installed Whelen Ions on the grill but facing towards the ground for "underglow" effect why...
 

BLUELIGHT

Established Member
I never will understand why city shop workers have any say in how cars are up-fitted.

There is such a thing as overdoing it, especially overdoing it with these tiny 1 diode modules.

You also used to respond in a time where there were no cell phones, and that's huge. The amount of distractions in today's cars forces emergency equipment to need to evolve dramatically.
Maybe they're paid ot to put then on.
 

EVT

Member
Maybe they're paid ot to put then on.
The upfitter who built those had a certain level of freedom to do what they wanted, and utilized that freedom.

Their new units are built by us and are bluePRINT and synced properly.
 

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