Quality emergency lighting can mean the difference between life and death, not only for the operators of emergency vehicles, but for the people they are trying to help as well as other motorists on the road. This is why it is vitally important that emergency lights on vehicles are reliable, functional, and well-constructed. But with so many options available, it can be difficult to decide which will be the best for your vehicle.
We are here to help! Today we will explore some of the key features you should look for in a quality emergency light. We will also make some recommendations regarding some of the best emergency lights you can invest in, based on our experience in the field.
Not all emergency lights work the same or are created equal. Hundreds of options are available on the market, but one of the main things that separates each is the variety of features offered. Let’s take a look at some of the factors you should consider when shopping for the best emergency vehicle lights for your dollar.
Do a little research and you’ll quickly learn that one specific type of technology stands out above the rest when it comes to emergency lights: LED. We highly recommend that our customers invest in LED lights and there are many reasons for that.
Here are some of the key benefits that LED lights offer that make them your wisest choice when it comes to emergency vehicle use:
Every emergency vehicle’s needs differ, and manufacturers know that. Because of this, several types of lights exist that can be placed on different parts of a vehicle, either permanently or temporarily, visibly or stealthily.
Here’s a look at some of the types of emergency lights you will find, and how they differ in forms of placement and installation:
It’s important to pay attention to the voltage of LED emergency lights as well. All of our lights run off of 12-volt or 24-volt DC power, so be sure you select one that matches your needs.
When it comes to the best emergency LED lights, you want a product that makes an impact, but in a smart way. Every emergency vehicle serves its own purpose, and it’s important that the patterns and color choices of the lights you choose reflect what you require them for.
Now that you have a better understanding of the features you should focus on when selecting emergency lights for your specific needs, here are some of our top picks for ones that provide the most bang for your buck.
Our favorite emergency LED light bar is hands-down the Generation 4 light bar series by Condor. This line offers models with either linear or TIR 3-watt LEDs, all of which run on the latest technology and offer 15 warning patterns in addition to four traffic advisory ones. Plus, each is fully waterproof and weatherproof thanks to an epoxy coating. These exterior light bars come in varying sizes perfect for any emergency vehicle, including 40-inch, 48-inch, and 60-inch. You can also find mini light bar models with lengths of 12 inches and 23 inches.
Our top pick when it comes to visor light bars is the Hunter series. These interior light bars feature Generation 4 3-watt LEDs with linear or TIR technology available. The sleek design of these LED visor light bars (they are only 2 inches tall) provides a look that is stealthy until powered on. Installation is a breeze, and powering one up is as easy as plugging it into your vehicle’s lighter jack. Each light bar is 17 inches tall, features 10 LED modules, and has 15 selectable flash patterns with several colors integrated.
Topping the list of our favorite emergency LED dash lights is the Vulture collection. These sleek, durable lights come in convenient sizes ranging from one set of LED lights to eight sets – and can even be purchased in a bundle with multiple sizes. No matter which size fits your vehicle best, expect very simple installation thanks to included suction cups or L-brackets. These dash lights all utilize Generation 4 3-watt linear LEDs and offer up to 25 flash patterns with just a push of a button. The anti-glare coating on the outer lens paired with a convenient cigarette plug makes each an easy choice for the interior of any vehicle.
When it comes to LED grille lights, the Swift series tops our picks. With linear LED units and TIR versions available in several color choices, these surface mount LEDs are the ultimate choice when it comes to customizing your emergency grille lights. They can be purchased alone or in bundles ranging from two to 12 units in your choice of colors. Whichever you may choose, you’ll find superior Generation 4 3-watt LED technology that is completely waterproof. The lights can flash simultaneously or alternate with 22 different flash patterns and are easy to sync. The compact design of each unit also makes them ideal for mounting in places other than your grille, including bumpers, decks, and dashes.
Topping our list of running board LED lights is the NightHawk collection. These footboard lights are slim and versatile, but pack a super-bright glow thanks to their 3-watt LEDs. The waterproof design finished with anodized aluminum makes each highly durable as well. The 2-inch width and 1.5-inch height of each combined with the choice of 50-inch, 60-inch, or 70-inch lights make them the perfect fit for any running board, and the 15 selectable flash patterns are guaranteed to draw attention.
Since LED hideaway lights are newer to the market, it’s harder to pick our favorite, but the Predator strobe light has been standing out for us. With a low price point and stealthy design, these small-but-powerful lights are a great option for undercover vehicles. They can be synchronized with up to 8 light heads at once and the inline flasher on each has 21 warning light patterns. The compact size of these lights makes them suitable for mounting anywhere, but they are especially good for being discreetly hidden within the factory light housings of any vehicle.
Whether you need police lights, fire lights, warning lights, or another type of emergency light for your vehicle, it’s important that you choose high-quality units that fit your needs and will stand the test of time. The tips and products outlined above should help guide you in making an informed decision, but the experts at LED Equipped are here to help as well! We’d love to answer your questions and assist you in finding the best technology for your hard-earned money; and rest assured that no matter what you choose, you will be backed by three years of warranty. Contact us today to get started.