September 2010 Product Spotlight: Lightbars and Sirens
Let your cruiser or motorcycle be seen & heard
Friday, September 17, 2010
Law enforcement officers must have access to lighting and siren equipment to safely cope with in-the-field scenarios, such as traffic stops or major emergencies. There are countless options on the market today. When you go to purchase lights and sirens, keep the following considerations in mind: construction, frequency, lamp type, visibility, illumination capacity, size, power source and demand, as well as maintenance, replacement and repair costs.
Federal Signal’s Valor features SpectraLux Multicolor LED Technology, which provides the ability for a single light source to change colors. Individual Valor lightheads can flash between red, blue, amber or white. Single-color options are available in red, amber, blue, white or green. For a sleek appearance, the Valor is available with clear domes only. It has built-in SignalMaster functionality for directional warning. Versatile mounting can accommodate optional cameras for license plate reader cameras. The Valor lightbar can be controlled with SmartSiren Platinum for use on the Federal Signal Convergence Network for plug-and-play installation.
Federal Signal: 800/264-3578; www.fedsig.com.
It Will Defend
Code 3’s Defender lightbar features patent-pending TriCore technology, which constitutes a quantum leap forward in signal brightness. Its innovative, patented lighthead design is 2–2.5 times brighter than other lightbars at key 45° and 60° intersection angles. The Defender features improved central control circuitry, improved control of signal brightness (dimming mode meets SAE safety standards) and improved thermal management. Standard lengths are 23, 35, 44, 47, 52, 58, 70, 82 and 94 inches. An auto-dimming feature is also available.
Code 3: 314/426-2700; www.code3pse.com.
SpeedTech Lights’ STL Apex built-in siren and light controller is powered by a 12-V battery. It features clear sound frequency, multi-tone functionality and amplifier output power of 150 watts. The STL Apex includes the microphone and cable, and four switches to power other light units.
SoundOff Signal’s 200 Series Compact Siren is perfect for motorcycles or undercover vehicles that need discreet equipment. The amplifier is 5.4" x 4.6". The siren includes a three-position switch with rocker-style buttons—one’s for on/off/on and the other two are for off/momentary.