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jkski
12-22-2011, 07:06 PM
I have a 4 corner Whelen Hide-A-Way strobe light kit that I am getting ready to install on my truck and wondered if anyone had any advice...specifically, here are a few questions:
1) When drilling the 1" hole into your existing vehicle light housing to mount the strobe bulb, did you do anything special...other than using a 1" holesaw (any tricks to not screwing this up and costing myself a lot of money).

2) When running the wiring out of the cab to each corner, did you simply run the wire thru the frame or did you encase the wires in a conduit? The factory supplied wire consists of 3 wires wrapped in a poly coating.

3) Any suggestions on wiring the control switch? The instructions call for an on/off switch wired direct to the battery with a 15 amp fuse and a momentary switch that gets wired to a 12v source(likely the cigarette lighter).

Any advice or thoughts would be great. The actual kit is a Whelen CS650 if that helps.

erkoehler
12-22-2011, 08:30 PM
Use a shop vac when drilling the holes in your light housings, this will suck up everything and keep it from dropping in to the light.

Fill the hole back in w/ the "insert" you drilled out and ample silicone to keep water out.

Run all wiring in a split loom to protect it and heat shrink all connections.

Here is one of my trucks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JOPeMZe85I

JohnnyB
12-22-2011, 10:25 PM
Use a shop vac when drilling the holes in your light housings, this will suck up everything and keep it from dropping in to the light.

Fill the hole back in w/ the "insert" you drilled out and ample silicone to keep water out.

Run all wiring in a split loom to protect it and heat shrink all connections.

Here is one of my trucks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JOPeMZe85I

I think I had a seizure watching that....how many strobes?


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erkoehler
12-22-2011, 11:50 PM
There were 16 total on that truck, plus the lightbar on top which are all LED.

JohnnyB
12-23-2011, 07:11 AM
What does that look like from the cab?

I plow my 600 ft and 100ft driveways, some neighbors and sometimes business lot, so certainly not a professional but do run a mini led light bar. Doesn't that get obnoxiously annoying after a while? Especially if as a pro you are pounding energy drinks all night?

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jkski
12-23-2011, 09:02 AM
Thanks for the feedback, your truck looks great and you can never have enough lights as there is always at least one person out there who will pull into a parking lot at night and nearly hit you or those blind corners where you are pushing off the side of a building thru a driving lane....AHH the joy.

OK, I am most nervous about drilling the holes so let me focus there for second. The light housing has the outer plastic shell which will be very simple to drill thru but when the holesaw reached the inner reflective housing is there any trick? Should any of the drilling be done in reverse?
I am planning on placing the rear strobes in the backup lights and the fronts in the headlights, so should the strobe bulb placement be to the inside or outside of the existing bulb?

Next, did you run your wiring thru the frame or simply put it inside the split loom and attach it to the outside?

Next, the power supply wiring calls for an on/off switch as well as a "momentary switch" to change the flash pattern. I know these boxes all have a default setting, so if I were to solely run the on/off switch, would the set-up work or does the momentary switch have to be wired in as well. (I am thinking that I will not care what the pattern is, just so long as it is flashing)

Thanks again.

Rockman
12-23-2011, 10:30 AM
What does that look like from the cab?

I plow my 600 ft and 100ft driveways, some neighbors and sometimes business lot, so certainly not a professional but do run a mini led light bar. Doesn't that get obnoxiously annoying after a while? Especially if as a pro you are pounding energy drinks all night?

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Well, when you have dumbf*@%s that won't get the hell out out of the way when you are plowing, it is mandatory. I don't recall one time I plowed over breaks that someone drove right where I was and supposedly did not "see" me.

Funniest time was when I was plowing a friend's dad's business and someone had parked their car in the lot and put a big for sale sign on it. We buried that car in a huge pile of snow and the owner called the cops to report it was stolen...classic!:D


BTW, Eric in not plowing empty lots but alot of commercial, high traffic areas that require high visibility.

thatsmrmastercraft
12-23-2011, 12:19 PM
There were 16 total on that truck, plus the lightbar on top which are all LED.

Nice set-up. Too bad it has been sitting idle this year.

Is Al Gore working the global thermostat again?:rolleyes:

jkski
12-23-2011, 03:25 PM
OK, so the job just got a little easier as I looked at the lights and the holes are already there for the bulbs (either factory designed or previous owner had a strobe kit on it).
So, here is my questions:
The bulbs are not non-LED and they came with a "thermal disc" that goes around the rubber housing for the bulb and gets mounted to the outside of the light assembly. The bulb fits the hole perfectly and is a nice tight fit without the "thermal disc" in place but if I put it on there I would have to use the 2 small screws they provide and attach the bulb to the housing. Can I simply replace the "thermal disc" with heat reflective tape and then utilize the silicone sealant to act as a glue to secure th bulb in place rather than add 2 more small holes?
Let me know what you think.

scott023
12-23-2011, 03:45 PM
Wow. Those are noticable. :D

wakescene
12-24-2011, 12:20 AM
Jkski, just be sure to check the interal clearance. Iirc stove heads are just over 1"deep. You don't want that bulb touching anything. The whelen foam seals pretty well, but add sealant where needed.
I mounted the 6head pack under my driver seat and wired it up to the acc. Vehicle has to be on to run the strobes. I'm on 8yrs with my install and not a single problem. I'm a volunteer fireman so they do gets used often.

jkski
12-24-2011, 07:09 AM
Thanks for the reply.
I now have the bulbs in each of the light housings and sealed them in with RTV as suggested. Next I moved on to mounting my power supply which I chose to place under my rear seat (CrewCab truck). I put spacers down to keep it off the carpet to help it stay cooler as a pre-caution so next is to run the wiring to each of the bulbs and the power.

For the power, the schematic shows running to a switch then straight to the battery, which is easy but then they also show a second switch, a "momentary switch" that gets wired to another power source like an accessory and it is my understanding that when the unit is powered on, if you hit this switch it is what changes the flash pattern. So, if I were to choose not to connect this switch, does anyone know if the unit will still operate at the default flash pattern?

I am trying to stick with a very clean install and am hiding the switch(s) so the fewer the better.

erkoehler
12-24-2011, 10:18 AM
It will run without the momentary switch. I don't have one as the pattern stays the same.

jkski
12-27-2011, 08:37 AM
Just wanted to say thanks again for all of the great advice, the install was successful. It took about 5 hours to get all of the wires run, secured, connections made and then put everything back together after it was tested but it looks awesome.
Thanks guys.

thatsmrmastercraft
12-27-2011, 11:28 AM
Just wanted to say thanks again for all of the great advice, the install was successful. It took about 5 hours to get all of the wires run, secured, connections made and then put everything back together after it was tested but it looks awesome.
Thanks guys.

No pictures???? C'mon man!

Double D
12-27-2011, 11:53 AM
Just wanted to say thanks again for all of the great advice, the install was successful. It took about 5 hours to get all of the wires run, secured, connections made and then put everything back together after it was tested but it looks awesome.
Thanks guys.

Need Video!!

jkski
12-27-2011, 05:22 PM
I will work on the pics and video later this week...not sure if it is as good as Eric's but it sure does kick out some annoying light!