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  • Clear Dome's on Code 3 light bars

    Does anyone have a Code 3 MX7000 or similiar light bar with clear domes. i need some info and pics and how well they work or don't work o proove to the committe for buying them. thanx!!

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    Mike021, I run an all clear full load MX7000 complete with directional arrowstick. We run only greens for POVs in Alberta. The MX uses 2 different types of filters for the rotators. There is a cylinder style that fits around the rotator assembly. Or a filter that attaches to the rotator reflector. The lower level also has clear lenses with insert filters.

    I like the clear domes for 2 main reasons. If I move to a different Province or to a State I can easily and cheaply change the filters. if for some reason a dome is damaged. I don't have to worry about and illegal white flash coming through. It's also a big advantage if I ever want to sell the bar.

    Sorry I can send any pics as I don't have a scanner or digital camera.

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    • #3
      I have a Force 4 lightbar with clear domes...4 rotators (3 red, 1 white). I like it because it gives off a LOT of light, can be seen well in the daytime, and it's chearper to replace a lens than the whole dome. Also, it's nice if you have to change states and colors (something I don't see myself doing, though).

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      • #4
        Hey, screw that crappy Code-3 stuff!!! GO with Whelen Strobes/Lightbars!!! They may be more expensive but their better looking, and most of all, they are brighter and have much greater warning power!!! Whelen kicks butt!!!

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        Shawn Daigle
        East Haddam F.D.
        East Haddam Connecticut

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        • #5
          Actually East, we run both light brands on our trucks. Just so happens the light bar is a Code 3. That's what all our light bars are now and we like them. Do you deal Whelen by chance?

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          • #6
            Nope, I'm not a Whelen dealer. I wish I was though!! I live in a town that borders Chester Connecticut, which is the town where Whelen is based. Roughly 1/4 of my fellow firefighters work at Whelen. So in other words, I get deals on stuff that you cant even imagine. I am sure Code 3 and all those "other" brands arent bad, but when it comes to strobe technology, no one can compare to Whelen. Even with rotator bars, no one can keep up with Whelen's Centurion bar. Peace and remember to always STAY LOW!!!

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            Shawn Daigle
            East Haddam F.D.
            East Haddam Connecticut

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            • #7
              I am not familiar with Whelen lights. Actually I think we are useing Code 3 and Whelen lights on the truck. not sure

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              • #8
                I work as a sales rep. for a company that sells both whelen and code3. both are good lightbars. But the problem we have is getting parts for code 3 they are not very customer oriented. I would say go with whelen, tomar or some other company if you want good service.

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                • #9
                  Well I have seen both brands in action. My personal opinion is that if you are running red lights halogen is the way to go, both styles are hard to see in daylight, but I have a harder time seeing red strobes than red halogen. One of our trucks uses an MX7000 and it is the best light bar in the department. We have clear domes with 2 red, 1 blue, 1 amber and a center clear rotator. Only way you can get a combination like that of 4 different colors. Plus I like the secondary options that don't interfear with the rotators or mirrors. The intersection lights work real well too. In my opinion the brightest lightbar I have seen is from Tomar, I saw it and was amazed.

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                  • #10
                    It is the only way to go. Even though NFPA in their wisdom has basically removed the clear light from use in light bars. The clear domes with clear or filters is the only way to go. We operate four MX's with clear lenses and seven XL's with the same. www.limestonefire.org go to trucks and you can see what I am talking about.

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                    • #11
                      We have one code3 on the command rig clear domes red inserts. It has to be by far the best warning light the dept. has. It gives off excellent light during the day as well as the night. I was so impressed by the clear domes the we have replaced other lights with clear domes.

                      P.S. Call a rep and have them come out to the station with clear domes and solid domes see the difference.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by East Haddam#1firefighter:
                        Hey, screw that crappy Code-3 stuff!!! GO with Whelen Strobes/Lightbars!!! They may be more expensive but their better looking, and most of all, they are brighter and have much greater warning power!!! Whelen kicks butt!!!

                        Get a life, I lived outside St Louis where Code 3 is made, and duh you don't see whelen hear much at all, besides strobes have been know to induce seizures.

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