Vehicle strobes, beacons, and/or anti-collision lights are necessary for enhancing workplace safety. Beacons and strobes are commonly utilized for a wide array of industrial, commercial, security, and general safety applications. Emergency vehicles, construction equipment, and forklifts are usually equipped with some form of a beacon, strobe, or emergency lighting equipment to increase visibility in both indoor/outdoor applications in all types of weather.
In the airline industry, beacons and strobe lights serve different purposes. Pilots will generally turn on the beacons or anti-collision lights upon starting the aircraft’s engine. Beacons emit a steady beam of light to warn the ground crew, passengers, or mechanics of a running aircraft engine. On the other hand, strobe lights are typically found on the wingtips and tail of an aircraft. Strobes emit a bright, pulsating white light and are switched when the airplane is entering a traffic pattern during landing scenarios. In the ground, the strobes are left blinking when the aircraft is entering an active runway.
Depending on the type of industry or application, beacons and strobes come in a bevy of shapes, sizes, colors, brightness, and lighting patterns. For most commercial and industrial use like in forklifts and small trucks, an amber flashing beacon offers the best bang for the buck. For maximum visibility, an amber strobe is a brilliant option. Cloud Electric is a proud supplier of beacons and strobe lights for your golf cart, forklift, emergency vehicle, and other light to medium-duty equipment. Beacons and strobes vary greatly in terms of lighting technology, mounting, and wiring connection. Cloud Electric offers a good variety of beacons and strobes to keep your business running like clockwork.
When choosing beacons and strobes, it’s important to determine the differences between a halogen or LED beacon. Similar to automotive headlights, halogen bulbs are an economical choice, but it has many drawbacks. For starters, halogen beacons consume more power and emit more heat. Additionally, halogen bulbs have a lower lifespan and will require periodic replacement.
On the flip side, LED beacons and strobe lights may cost more, but the service life is five times more or longer than a standard halogen unit. LED strobes and beacons consume less power and emit less heat while emitting a much brighter light than old-school halogen units. Most vehicle strobes and beacons are powered by a 12-volt lighter plug, but most permanent beacons require a hard connection to the vehicle’s electrical system.
When choosing LED beacons and strobes, it’s important to consider the temperature management of the unit to ensure a longer lifespan. However, the IP Protection category should also be considered to determine if the beacon is tested to withstand dust and water intrusion, especially if the vehicle is mostly utilized in outdoor settings. And while some beacons and strobes are permanently mounted to the roof or any part of the vehicle, some can be mounted magnetically or with high bond tape. Cloud Electric is home to an impressive lineup of both permanent and magnetic beacons, strobe lights, and emergency lights at friendly prices.