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  • LED Flood Lighting

    Does anyone have any real experience with the different brands and types of 12V LED Floods out there? We are building an engine and without seeing all the options side by side, I'm not sure which way to go. We are considering FRC, Whelen Pioneer, Firetech, and Rigid. Our manufacturer has suggested Rigid, but I don't know anyone that has experience with those. Seems like a cheap way out. I haven't been completely impressed by the Pioneers that I've seen in the field. I have seen the FRC Spectra and seem to lean that way from my limited experience. Firetech seems like a great way to go, but I have not seen them in person and how they compare. I'm hoping someone out there has done some research or has first had knowledge that I can benefit from. As fast as this technology has changed, its hard to stay on top of it. I'm not about to take a salesman's word for it either. Thank you all for your constructive input. Stay Safe!

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    Our two new engines, have Rigid 50 inch light bars on all 4 sides. It is way overkill but works in the dark Alaskan winter. With that the customer service in our area for them is fantastic. We have had 1 led go out in a 40 inch bar and they replaced it for free. I have not used the other LED lights so I do not know how they compare both functionally and price wise. If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know.

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    • #3
      We have FRC Spectra on our latest Engine (2013)... we are pleased with them.

      Biggest thing to keep in mind is Lumen rating not power (watts)... that is how they rate the light output.

      Second would be the service after the sale... how easy is it to get parts down the road?

      I would also suggest putting body and cab mounted scene lights for around the truck lighting in addition to the pole mounted scene lights.

      IMO scene lighting is one of those things that get used more than other options you put on the truck. So don't cut corners on it.

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      • #4
        Rigid is not a "cheap way out". They are an extremely heavy duty light. They are used a lot on off road rock crawlers and the like. They are very bright and have excellent factory support. With Whelen and FRC you know that you are getting a large scale product that will have parts and factory support.

        I would compare all of the lumen ratings, and then if all other things are equal, go with what your dealer recommends. They are the ones that will be servicing them.

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        • #5
          From the experiences my customers have had: FRC Spectra and Whelen Pioneer are both good quality products. We have had a few customers go with Firetech in the last couple of years and so far everything has been very good with them and the customers have loved them. I personally like Firetech because of the lower profile of the lights and mounts compared to the FRC and Whelen units. The Firetech solid brow bar with staged lighting activation and built in marker lights is spectacular, if you haven't seen it in person I would recommend checking it out.

          Video on Firetech brow light: https://youtu.be/8WNbjFiD-s4

          I cannot speak to the lights from Rigid as I have no experience with them.
          Just a guy...

          Lieutenant - Woodbury, MN FD (Retired)
          Road Captain - Red Knights MC, MN4

          Disclaimer: The facts and opinions expressed above are mine, and mine alone, and are not intended to represent the views of any company I have ever worked for, past or present.

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          • #6
            I would agree with the statement made by many here already. Don't get bogged down with all the fun numbers that they try to throw at you. The best measure of how bright the lights are is lumens. Our Platform has the FRC Spectra lights and we have been very happy so far. We had on issue and they made it right quickly. Our vendor tried to convince us that we needed the Whelen Pioneer, but they did not match up in the lumens. I disagree with the statement that if all things are equal you should go with your vendors recommendation. Do your research and buy what is right for your department. Don't rely on the salesperson.
            I have but one ambition in life and that is to become a firefighter.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by efd281 View Post
              I would agree with the statement made by many here already. Don't get bogged down with all the fun numbers that they try to throw at you. The best measure of how bright the lights are is lumens. Our Platform has the FRC Spectra lights and we have been very happy so far. We had on issue and they made it right quickly. Our vendor tried to convince us that we needed the Whelen Pioneer, but they did not match up in the lumens. I disagree with the statement that if all things are equal you should go with your vendors recommendation. Do your research and buy what is right for your department. Don't rely on the salesperson.
              Exactly what I was going to say... My department had A LOT of ridiculous options thrown at us when we speced our heavy rescue and we disregarded price and chose the light with more lumens

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