Whelen Talons failing - wierd

bobpollard

Newbie
Original poster
Nov 21, 2021
6
newberry SC
I have two vehicles. One has had a Whelen dual talon in it for a while, that has been "handed down" from previous vehicles for some time. In fact, it is the original "ballast" type that makes sounds when in operation if you know what I am talking about.

My other vehicle has two, single Talons installed from around the same time, they are also ballast models. All of these lights came from surplus, years ago. very likely purchased at the same time.

A few weeks ago, one half of the dual Talon started malfunctioning, only when it's COLD. our weather here in SC isn't too cold, by some standards. I'd say anything below 50 degrees and one half of the talon would barely illuminate at all, or not at all. After the vehicle warms up or during days where the temperature is above 60 degrees or so, it works perfectly.

Within a couple weeks, one of the single talons in my other vehicle started behaving exactly the same way! When its cold it flashes very dimly or not at all, when warm it works just fine.

I'm not complaining, these have worked well for a long time. Just weird that this happens similarly, in completely different light assemblies.

Thought I would share that with you folks

Bob
 

SEPD_52

Registered Member
Dec 24, 2014
72
Illinois
I have two vehicles. One has had a Whelen dual talon in it for a while, that has been "handed down" from previous vehicles for some time. In fact, it is the original "ballast" type that makes sounds when in operation if you know what I am talking about.

My other vehicle has two, single Talons installed from around the same time, they are also ballast models. All of these lights came from surplus, years ago. very likely purchased at the same time.

A few weeks ago, one half of the dual Talon started malfunctioning, only when it's COLD. our weather here in SC isn't too cold, by some standards. I'd say anything below 50 degrees and one half of the talon would barely illuminate at all, or not at all. After the vehicle warms up or during days where the temperature is above 60 degrees or so, it works perfectly.

Within a couple weeks, one of the single talons in my other vehicle started behaving exactly the same way! When its cold it flashes very dimly or not at all, when warm it works just fine.

I'm not complaining, these have worked well for a long time. Just weird that this happens similarly, in completely different light assemblies.

Thought I would share that with you folks

Bob
Seems like it's just a case of electronics showing their age unfortunately. Definitely a good reason to upgrade though!
 

kadetklapp

Veteran Member
May 21, 2010
1,554
Indiana
Sounds like solder joints with age are just becoming susceptible to the cooler temps and until they warm up and expand enough to establish a good connection they are inop
 
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bobpollard

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Original poster
Nov 21, 2021
6
newberry SC
Sounds like solder joints with age are just becoming susceptible to the cooler temps and until they warm up and expand enough to establish a good connection they are inop


Old age causing failures, joints not working correctly when its cold....................... are you guys talking about my lights or my body??!!!

Do they make viagra for LEDs??

Bob
 
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