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  • #91
    Originally posted by Mr. Security
    I know the new LED lightbars have many advantages, but they are also very expensive right now. I see police departments spending money on these new bars instead of making due with the strobes and using the money for other important equipment and/or manpower.

    Are they safer than the strobes? Is that why or is there another good reason for this expense?
    Cheaper over the long run... Because LEDs use only a small fraction of the power that normal halogens or strobes use, it doesn't put a huge strain on the vehicle's electrical system, causing less down time for alternator/battery replacements. In addition to that, the LEDs themselves tend to last longer than halogen or strobe bulbs, meaning less downtime for bulb replacements.

    So yes, they're a bit spendier at first, (although the prices ARE dropping as they're becoming more mainstream), but in the long run they end up being cheaper overall.
    Corbier's Commandos - "Stickin it to the ninjas!"
    Originally posted by ValleyOne
    BANG, next thing you know Bob's your Uncle and this Sgt is seemingly out on his a$$.
    Shoulda called in sick.
    Be safe!

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    • #92
      Originally posted by Bridgegate
      Cheaper over the long run... Because LEDs use only a small fraction of the power that normal halogens or strobes use, it doesn't put a huge strain on the vehicle's electrical system, causing less down time for alternator/battery replacements. In addition to that, the LEDs themselves tend to last longer than halogen or strobe bulbs, meaning less downtime for bulb replacements.

      So yes, they're a bit spendier at first, (although the prices ARE dropping as they're becoming more mainstream), but in the long run they end up being cheaper overall.
      Good point Bridgegate. I hadn't thought about the maintenance angle. Thanks!
      Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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      • #93
        Originally posted by T202
        Well they are doing it again. Now they say by 2009 the bubble will be gone. I'm guessing that the next thing to go will be the blue paint job. The same color blue has been used since 1956.
        I assume by you saying it will be gone by 09 you are referring to this...

        Originally Posted by The Michigonian Press
        Lansing MI- Michigan State Police reports that by 2009 the "bubble-light" as troopers refer to it will no longer appear on new patrol cars, but will be replaced by a more "modernized" look.

        It was only a single topic amongst many at the quarterly review meeting, one of the final discussions to be had on the Monday evening, but certainly not the least important. Administrators and ranking officials from the Michigan State Police discussed a piece of police vehicle equipment that will soon be a thing of the past.

        "It's weird, it feels like we have lost something near and dear to us and every trooper who has worked these highways, but we know it is for the best." Lt. Timothy Kearnst of the State Police said.

        By 5:00pm on Monday evening it was decided that the Michigan State Police will retire their current overhead lighting system, commonly referred to as "The bubble-light."

        As you cruise along Michigan's highways and interstates, a-top the State Police's vehicles, foreigners of Michigan get to see an interesting sight; a bubble-light. Named for its unconventional look, the "bubble-light" is a single red lens on the center of the roof with a rotating light inside.
        Michigan officials deemed the light was, "no longer meeting the needs of Michigan's law enforcement..." and it, "does not provide the appropriate and immediate identification of a law enforcement vehicle to drivers from elsewhere in the country."

        According to studies, Michigan has become more and more of a thru-way for drivers from all over the country, which has been posing a serious problem for the state police.

        "I didn't know what to think at first, it was dark out and all I saw behind me was a big red shining light, then it went away, then it came back. I was frightened at first as I had no idea what it was that was closing in on me. As it got closer I could tell it was a police car because it had more lights on the inside and above the bumper. It just, didn't look right." A driver native to Illinois reports.

        Michigan State Police currently deploy lighting equipment from Unity Manufacturing which boasts the light is the most powerful light on any police car to date. However; Michigan State Police officials feel the worth of lighting equipment cannot be based on sheer light output.

        The Michigan State Police have not yet announced what design will be taking the place of the bubble-lights, but state that they will be looking into multiple different providers.

        -9/26/2006 - The Michigonian Press

        Well, that is a satire article. No one cited in the article exists and neither does the news company.
        "Alright guys listen up, ya'll have probably heard this before, Jackson vs. Securiplex corporation; I am a private security officer, I have no State or governmental authority. I stand as an ordinary citizen. I have no right to; detain, interrogate or otherwise interfere with your personal property-... basically all that means is I'm a cop."-Officer Ernie
        "The Curve" 1998

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