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Police Lights & Sirens

Upgrade Your Police Vehicle with Style

Modern Features For A Modern Police Force

Effective policing means different things in different situations. When making a traffic stop or requesting right-of-way, large flashing strobe lights and sirens are the tools of choice. However, when working a scene on the side of a road or patrolling a neighborhood, running low or even no lights might be the correct course of action. If your police lights and sirens aren't able to deliver the flexibility of function that is required in this modern age of policing, then it might be time to consider a change. With a wide variety of multi-function cop car LED lights, including flashing police lights and police light bars, Online LED Store is your partner in prevention.

Taking The Work Out Of Your Police Light Search

At Online-LED-Store, our goal is to be your support for every step of the light buying process; from the initial investigation and research all the way through to the install and operation of your new equipment. That is why we strive to provide you with thoroughly researched articles related to policing and police lights; detailed instructions so you can correctly install your strobe lights, light bars, and dash lights; and exceptional warranties and support to keep you up and running long after the initial purchase. Take a look at some of our police related blog posts designed to make your search a bit easier.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your New LED Police Lights

In the past, police lights were restricted by size and technology, and large rotating beacons mounted to the roof of a cop car were the only option. But today, with LEDs dominating the emergency lighting market, police officers and vehicle outfitters have an almost endless list of features and functions available to them when searching the latest and greatest light bars, dash lights, and grille lights. With the ability to sync multiple units, select different light levels, and with more mounting options than ever before, it is easy to see why LEDs have taken over the warning light industry. But with so many different color options, functions, and features on these new LEDs, how can you make sure you’re getting the most out of your new lights?

  • Choose A Flash Pattern For Your Lights

    What kind of a response would you expect if you asked a police officer what they like most about their job? Most likely they will say something along the lines of: “every day is different.” And while unpredictability is what keeps the job exciting and interesting, it can also make it uniquely difficult. The day to day variety of the job makes it impossible to stick to one set of tools or one formula in every situation. A rural police force will have different needs than an urban one, traffic control cannot be handled the same as an emergency scene, and an unmarked car is never outfitted like a patrol car. To answer the demand for “the right tool for the job”, LED manufacturers have been building police lights with an almost endless amount of flash patterns and intensity levels, why? Because the flash pattern and level of brightness that works in one situation may not work in another. And while that may sound like an obvious statement, it can be very easy to install a new set of lights, pick a pattern, set an intensity level, and never change it again. However, to do that would be like trying to use only one tool to fix a car. If you want to get the most out of your lights, it is important to take the time to test the patterns and intensity levels that work best in your area and for the kind of police work that you do. You may find that lower intensity levels at night are more effective in your area, that an alternating quad flash pattern is more noticeable during a routine traffic stop, or that a rotating pattern is better for traffic control than a strobe pattern. Whatever you decide, making full use of the tools at your disposal will always pay off in the end.

  • Sync Up Your Lights

    Another commonly overlooked feature available with most LED police lights is the ability to sync multiple lighting units. Why is this such a useful feature and how can you make the most of it? One of the most important functions of warning lights is to convey information and answer questions. Is your vehicle working an accident scene, or directing traffic around a construction site? Do approaching vehicles need to move over or just slow down? Your warning lights are designed to use color, flash pattern, and intensity to convey this vital information to other drivers and keep you safe. But are all your lights working together towards this goal? The sync wire on your LED lights allows you to avoid a confusing cluster of flashing lights sending conflicting signals, and instead, harness all your lights together to broadcast the same clear message. You can even group and sync different lights for different situations. You could install one group of lights for directing traffic and a second group for responding to a call; or group the front facing lights separate from the rear facing lights for more control when making a traffic stop. It’s a little more work, and it can be easy to overlook, but if you put in the time to make the most of this feature, the rewards are completely worth the effort.

  • Test And Retest Your Light Configuration

    Many new police lights come with the ability to be temporarily or permanently mounted to your vehicle. And while your final goal may be to permanently mount lights on your cop car, you may not want to completely ignore the temporary mount option. Why? Because when you buy a set of lights you want to be sure that you are placing them in a way that will maximize their impact and effectiveness and temporary mounts and cigarette lighter adapters allow you to adjust and test different lighting configurations before you move on to the final permanent setup. For example, you might buy a dash light with the intention of mounting it low on your windshield or rear window. But what if, after a few weeks of operation, you find that when your close behind a large vehicle, they have a hard time seeing your low mounted warning lights? If you’ve already permanently mounted your lights it might be difficult to move them to a more effective location. But if you start with a temporary mount you can easily adjust your lights and try a different configuration without a complicated removal and install process. Simple, straightforward, and yet another way that you can make the most of your new LED police lights.

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