Believe it or not – most flashing lights we sell now will
well outlive the vehicle they are fitted to! And… they have not been touched
since the day they were installed!
Once upon a time they were a reasonably high maintenance
item with little electric motors that had an irritating whirr, bulbs which blew
the filament, lenses that broke with any little knock – not to mention the fact
they flattened the vehicle's battery if left flashing without the engine
running all the time!
Advancement in technology now gives us some very reliable
options. Features and benefits included are:
LED’s (Light emitting diodes) are the biggest
change. These are now easily bright enough to replace any bulb – plus they have
no filament to blow and draw a tiny amount of current in comparison. They
also produce very little heat compared to an incandescent bulb, minimising the
risk of melt-downs, or burning your fingers! LED’s can shine in different
colours – with our most common being amber (orange) along with red, white,
magenta (purple), green and blue.
Polycarbonate is the most common material used
for the lenses now. This has very high impact resistance and can be
transparent, or with a hint of colour included. Polycarbonate is becoming more
popular in many areas including; on aircraft and aerospace, eye protection, for
building materials, and as electronic components. Where a branch or stone would
have smashed a traditional lens, the polycarbonate will mostly take the hit in
its stride without even a crack.
Nearly all LED flashing lights are now
Multi-voltage, so they can be fitted to either a 12-volt vehicle or 24-volt
vehicle without a second thought. If you are fitting one to a forklift or a
machine with higher than 24 volts – please check the voltage range on the
flashing light does conform.
The electronics are a lot smarter with many
flashing lights having a wide range of different flashing patterns, which can
also be synchronised to give extra effect. For example, you can have 2 or more
flashing lights flashing at exactly the same time or have them flashing in an
Another important feature to be aware of is that
you should fit only flashing lights that are radio interference free. Some of
the LED lights on the market will interfere with radio channels which can be
not only frustrating – but downright dangerous if it involves the likes of the
If you are hunting around for the perfect flashing light to suit your needs read our blog on 'What kind of Flashing Lights are Best to Suit your Application? We stock all the flashing lights you need and would love to help you, browse our website here here or give us a ring on 0508 31 31 31.