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Pillar spotlight

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by tacomazach, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Feb 4, 2011 at 7:56 AM
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    tacomazach

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    I've been interested in installing a pillar spotlight on my truck, like the police have. Has anyone on here done that on a 1st gen? or is it more trouble than its worth?
     
  2. Feb 4, 2011 at 4:48 PM
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    As a police officer, I vote more trouble than its worth.

    1. It catches wind and harms mileage and flips open unexpectedly.
    2. When closed so it wont open my windshield wipers crash into it during use.
    3. My flashlight is actually brighter and shines further than my spotlight.
    4. There is no situation where I would not prefer either more powerful fixed lights or a flashlight.
     
  3. Feb 4, 2011 at 5:03 PM
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  4. Feb 4, 2011 at 5:55 PM
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    Good to hear from someone with experience with them. Thanks man

    I looked at those, they just seemed a bit bulky and expensive. I might be wrong though
     
  5. Feb 4, 2011 at 5:58 PM
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    This is what I see on the fire trucks and ambulances around here. (At least it looks the same to me) Maybe someone on here uses them at work and can comment?
     
  6. Feb 4, 2011 at 6:17 PM
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    I would have to disagree I have a Unity 330V on my F350 which is what they put on most police cars.
    1. Sounds like it was a bad install mine only moves when I move it. It will stay put doing 70 down the hwy.
    2. It is extremely bright (rated at 245,000 candlepower).

    http://www.unityusa.com/330V-0002-6-Round-Spotlight_p_1133.html
     
  7. Feb 4, 2011 at 7:20 PM
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    Mine is also a Unity, factory installed on my police package Tahoe... it puts out a wider beam but slightly less throw than my Streamlight HP. Same as every other light on every vehcile in my department. THere are MANY flashlights that simly smoke my Streamlight too.

    I had a buddy in college that had the remote light on the roof of his Dodge pickup. Its pretty cool but not small. It does not go round and round... its like a screw that goes round but you have to go all the way back to the front if you are on the rear on one side and want to see something on the other rear side. He left his pointed rearward to avoid rock chips. The beam is VERY, VERY narrow... so dont think its a wall of light.

    I get wetter if I stick my hand out a cracked window in the rain but its a lot faster.
     
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