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jasonw
12-08-2010, 09:40 AM
Dose anyone use them? I use to use my hazard lights when marked on the road on front of a house but after nearly getting rear ended one day I now have an Amber emergency light on my roof which works awesome. People see me a mile away now. I dont think its legal to have it uncovered up there but I have yet to get stopped for it and the one time I got stopped for my tow ball the officer didn't say anything about the lights. As soon as I can dig up some money I am getting the Code 3 light bar in the link below. Dose anyone ells use emergency lights other than your flashers? Whats your experience about how well received they are and how good they work?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSVsoIRvAgA

The Cleaning Doctor
12-08-2010, 12:54 PM
I don't believe the amber lights are an issue. Where you run into an issue is if you put on red or blue lenses. They tend to dislike that.

I think the light is a great idea. Not only does it let people know you are there, it lets people know you are there. Calls attention to yourself so they will read the signs on the truck to see who it is. Curiosity is human nature. Not everyone has a light so they want to know who it is.

Steve
12-08-2010, 03:14 PM
Certain communities require a permit to use amber lights.

FirstClassLandscaping
12-08-2010, 03:38 PM
Me being a volunteer firefighter i have lights all over my truck. But i have stobes that i use for plowing as well. I have a 90 watt strobe pack with 6 heads...2 up front and 4 in the back...the lights are very bright and get the attention of the traffic even in the daylight. I have no problem with the lights as far as cops or anything like that...mostly bc im a firefighter :p but i think they are very worth the money.

StartALawnCareBusiness
12-08-2010, 04:50 PM
28" Safety Cones are also great to use to bring attention to your vehicle whereever it is parked.

Check your local laws about parking on the street in front of your customer's house. Even in some residential areas on side streets you are not supposed to park on the street when servicing a customer's lawn. I had an officer stop and speak to me about that once. He said if there were an accident, the person parked on the street would likely be at fault for obstructing traffic.

Keith

MAKLawnCutter
12-08-2010, 04:59 PM
I currently have one of those awesome rotating lights on my dash in the windshield. I use it when im parked or on a service call. I also keep cones on the trailer.
I want a light bar tho. For hurricane season and to be like "POW!!! IM HERE!"

Matt

StartALawnCareBusiness
12-08-2010, 05:06 PM
MAK, how about getting one of these to announce your presence?

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jasonw
12-08-2010, 05:33 PM
I have a cone as well but rarely use it. I just pull over, flip the switch that runs the emergency lighting and off I go. Where I am from it IS agenst the law for any utility or service car to have the light visable while not in use and or working meaning technicaly I am by law supose to have it covered. I however use to be a state fire fighter here as well as know all the cops and most importantly I DO NOT abuse the light so they leave me alone.

MAKLawnCutter
12-08-2010, 07:36 PM
MAK, how about getting one of these to announce your presence?

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I want one...

Matt

ofd4450
12-31-2010, 02:49 PM
I am a volunteer firefighter and I already have amber lights in the rear of my SUV so I just use those

jasonw
01-01-2011, 12:34 PM
All my truck had was the hazard lights which are extreamly ineffective in warning people during the day time. My truck however use to be a county truck so it already had the switches, wiring, gromits in the roof and everything for the emergency lights. I for sure plan to replace my little bubble with a large amber bar as well as add amber and white grill strobes and strobes in the headlight and tail lights some day. Maybe even one of those "traffic advisors" in the rear window I dont know. Its just a matter of getting the money to do it. I tell you what though, the other truck will be here in the next couple of months and the first thing it gets, even before the hitch is emergency lights. I will never again send a truck out without them.

snakeman
01-02-2011, 10:51 AM
i think that its a wise move. it makes people notice you and hopefully keep em from running into you. on another subject how is the herp business doing. i been wanting to get into it for a long time. wife aint very enthusiastic about it. market seems saturate d too. do you have a big collection. take care

jasonw
01-02-2011, 11:43 PM
i think that its a wise move. it makes people notice you and hopefully keep em from running into you. on another subject how is the herp business doing. i been wanting to get into it for a long time. wife aint very enthusiastic about it. market seems saturate d too. do you have a big collection. take care

I have a small collection, about 13 snakes, most to young to breed. I think for the large breeders who are already invested the market is good, for those of us who are small time there is no market, as you said its way to saturated. I am not in it for the money though so I could care less about the market.

CHEESE2009
01-03-2011, 11:24 PM
I use my hazard lights when I'm doing the following;

Driving while looking for an address on a street (usually driving below the speed limit)

When I drive in the center of a road and have crew deliver flyers

kirkmbrown2001
01-05-2011, 05:55 PM
I currently have LED grille strobe lights and an led mini lightbar. I LOVE them! They were a little pricey but I definetly feel a lot safer and it draws a lot of attention. They easily hands down outshine any cop cars lights. I would only go with leds if I was you. They are VERY bright and pull almost no power which assures me my battery won't die while working. In fact, each led in my lights only pull 1 watt. At night, the lightbar hurts your eyes to look at!

My lights are from Speed Tech Lights www.speedtechlights.com (http://www.speedtechlights.com)
They are a relativly new company out of texas and by far makes the best, brightest and most durable lights I have seen, even compared to wheelen and other big companies. The price for my light bar is hundreds of dollars cheaper than the closest equivelent competitor.

My mini lightbar: https://www.speedtechlights.com/product_detail.php?catid=4&id=62
My grille lights: https://www.speedtechlights.com/product_detail.php?catid=2&id=35

ofd4450
01-07-2011, 07:53 AM
My grille lights: https://www.speedtechlights.com/product_detail.php?catid=2&id=35


I have those same grille lights in amber, except I have them suction cupped to my back window. They really work great.