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Improve Your Motorcycle Lighting Before Spring with 911 Signal USA’s Help

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Strobe lights, Surface Mount Lights | 0 comments

The temps are low, and most of the country is getting tired of winter. If you ride a motorcycle, you’re probably counting down the days until the weather warms up enough to get your bike on the road. While you’re waiting, you should start thinking about improving your motorcycles lighting before spring hits. Thinking about what you need now gives you plenty of time to order equipment, get it installed, and be ready to ride when Mother Nature gives you a break. At 911 Signal USA, we specialize in emergency vehicle lights for first responders, but we also cater to motorcycle riders and off-road drivers. Today we want to tell you about our bike light options.

Think About Internal and External Mount Options for Your Bike

If you’re considering lights for your bike, where do you want to put them? After you’ve decided where you need more light determine why you need it? Do you want rear facing surface mount LEDs to decrease the risk of being rear-ended? Do you want to install surface mount lights on the sides of your motorcycle to increase your visibility while crossing intersections, or do you just want lighting that makes you bike stand out in a crowd of Harleys (for all the right reasons). If you answered yes to any of these questions, 911 Signal USA has exactly what you need.
We feel like it’s important to point out that there isn’t a right or wrong answer to any of the questions we mentioned above. It comes down to personal preference. Some riders even like to add strobe lights to headlights to minimize the need to drill holes into the bike and still get lighting that will get someone’s attention during an emergency.

Tips for Buying Motorcycle LED Lights

If you’re in the market for motorcycle LED lights or you just want to browse your options, there are a few tips we have to offer. Consider the available space on your bike before you purchase. If you’ve got a custom paint job on your Road King, you probably don’t want to add surface mount lights, but might consider a license plate bracket with surface mount lights installed.
You’ll also want to go through all of our surface mount light options because we have lots of choices. We offer round, square, and triangle options. Our inventory includes units with the best LED technology and is easily installed. With so many options to choose from, you’ll be able to fit exactly what you need. Thanks to our low prices, you’ll also be able to stay within your budget constraints.

Protect Your Investment – Have Motorcycle Lighting Installed by a Professional

To protect your investment and your warranty, you should always have your motorcycle lighting installed by a professional. If you customize your bike and don’t have it done by a professional, you could risk voiding your bike warranty and the warranty that’s including with your lighting. Even worse, you could end up stranded on the side of a road and have to have your ride towed home on a truck. Professional installers know what they’re doing and will help you feel confident that you can enjoy your ride no matter how long or short.
If you have questions about the lighting mentioned here, contact our team today. We’ve worked with hundreds of customers just like you all over the world and are ready to add you to that list.

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Where Should Tow Truck Lights be Installed?

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Latest News | 0 comments

Tow trucks need to have lights mounted on the front, back, and top of the vehicle. Lights around the entire vehicle allow the driver to see around the whole truck for better visibility. Some tow trucks carry magnetic mount LEDs and install them on the car being towed to increase its presence on the road.
If you are buying a new tow truck, you need to consider what type of lighting will make your vehicle noticeable on the road; especially when towing another vehicle. At 911 Signal USA, we specialize in high-quality tow truck lights that will improve the durability of your entire system.

When Should Tow Truck Drivers Use Lighting?

There are tons of situations that could cause a tow truck driver to use their warning lights. In general, it’s better to err on the side of caution when installing tow truck lights. For instance, we recommend having more lights than you think you need because you never know what could happen on the road. Tow truck drivers often have to work near busy roads to hook up a disabled car. In this situation, it’s best to use as many lights as possible, so that other drivers realize someone is working near the road.
Tow truck drivers also use their lights when they’re pulling a car. There are several reasons a driver may need lights when towing, but the most important are that the tow truck is usually traveling slower than traffic on the road. By riding with the lights on, drivers are aware of a situation and use more caution.

How to Choose the Right Light for Your Tow Truck

If you need lights for your tow truck, you’ll find them at 911 Signal USA. We are ready and prepared to provide you with the best quality lighting choices that will help you be prepared for any situation. Contact us today, and we’ll help you choose the right tow trucks for your rig.

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Guide to Amber Flashing Light Bars

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Emergency Lights | 0 comments

If you’re in the market for amber flashing light bars, there are a few things you need to know. If you haven’t purchased this type of equipment before, the many choices available can seem overwhelming especially when it comes to different features. At 911 Signal USA, we want to make it super easy to choose the right amber flashing light bars, so we created this guide.

How Amber Flashing Light Bars are Used

There are many ways to use amber flashing light bars. Usually this type of equipment is used on tow trucks, emergency vehicles, construction trucks, and much more. You can even install an amber LED light on a POV (private operating vehicle).

Amber LEDs have two primary functions; to brighten an area and to let other drivers know something is going on. An emergency vehicle may use amber lights when responding to the scene of an accident or when performing a routine traffic stop. Tow trucks use this color lighting to help prevent an accident while removing another disabled vehicle. Construction companies often put amber lighting on their vehicles to give people a head up that they’re working and need a bit of space on the road.

Features of Amber Lighting

When you check out our inventory, you’ll see that many of the products in our inventory are offered with amber LEDs. Before choosing which light in our inventory is best for your situation, you need to consider how you are going to use the light.

To start the comparison process, look at the specs. You’ll want to determine which lights are the brightest. For this, you’ll want to pay special attention to how many LEDs are in a particular unit. You’ll also want to look at the LED Generation being used in the light. For instance, are they Generation III or Generation IV. By using the best generation lights possible, you benefit from the best technology on the market.

Another feature you need to check out is the unit’s flashing patterns. Many amber lights in our inventory come with pre-programmed flash patterns. The availability of different flash patterns means you can use the unit in many ways. Even better flash patterns can be controlled from within your vehicle. For best results, you’ll want to make sure your amber light has pre-set features. With these features, you can store your preferred flash patterns.

Amber Lights from 911 Signal USA are Durable

911 Signal USA amber lights are very durable. Since emergency and warning lights are an expensive endeavor, it’s important to choose units that are very durable and can withstand normal impacts and bumps. We specialize in offering the highest quality products. Contact us anytime about any of our amber lights and we’ll help you make the best choices.

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Tips to Survive Rotating Shift Work

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Latest News | 0 comments

Many first responders work rotating shifts, which can make maintaining a normal life difficult. Not only do these men and women work alternating shifts, but they also work weekends and holidays too. If you are one of the lucky ones that work rotating shifts, we have provided several tips on how to survive below.

Prepare Before Your Shift

Whether you have to be to work at 5 am or midnight, you probably don’t want to do all your prep work right before your shift. Instead, get your uniform, food, and anything else you need ready before your shift starts. Always keep these items in the same spot, so you won’t have to look for it when it’s time to go.

Show Up on Time

Shift work isn’t your average 9 to 5, which means you can’t simply clock out when your shift is over. First responders need to wait until their replacement is there to leave. To make the workplace a happier place, make sure to show up on time. If you continually show up on time, chances are your co-workers will too.

Take Care of Your Health

Believe it or not, working rotating shifts can affect your health. Your body has an internal clock and when you don’t sleep or eat when your body thinks you should, it can cause health issues. To avoid throwing your body into havoc, follow the tips below.

  • Practice good posture
  • Don’t sit for the entire shift
  • Get fresh air whenever possible
  • Eat healthy
  • Avoid energy drinks and fake sugar

Good Sleeping Rituals

Your body needs sleep to function. Without proper sleep, you can’t function at home or work. To survive your rotating shifts, you need to establish a good sleeping ritual. Make sure your bedroom is cold and dark. If there are other people in the house, or you live in a busy neighborhood, you may also want to invest in a sleeping mask and comfortable ear plugs.

Establish a Routine

When you are getting used to rotating shifts, you need to establish a routine that will program your body for its new schedule. To do this, you need to eat and sleep on the days you work. Don’t worry about anything else. On your actual days off, you can run errands, go out with friends and catch up on household chores. As your body gets use to the new schedule, you may be able to add new activities on the days you work, but don’t rush it.

911 Signal USA specializes in emergency vehicle lights for first responders. Shop our online store for the best prices on LED lights and sirens.

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Electronic Siren Sounds Explained

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Sirens | 0 comments

If you think all police, fire, and EMS use the same siren sounds, you’d be wrong. First responders have several siren sounds choices at their disposal when they choose an electronic siren. Below, we will go over the five most popular siren types and descriptions of the sounds.

Wail

The most popular siren sound is the wail. The wailing sound is available on just about any siren you can buy on the market today. If you’ve ever seen an episode of Dragnet, you know exactly what the wail sounds like. It has a sharp pitch that rises and falls. When the wail siren sound was first created, the highs and lows were associated with the speed of a vehicle. Today, these sounds are recreated by an electronic siren.

Yelp

The second most famous siren sound is the yelp. Like the wail, yelp sounds are offered on just about any siren on the market today. The yelp’s pitch changes rapidly. Many first responders opt to use the yelping sound because it conveys a message of urgency.

Hi-Lo

Hi-lo siren sounds aren’t as popular as the wail and yelp in the US but are still very effective. The hi-lo sound is European-inspired. Most sirens that offer hi-lo tones also intersperse whoops and other noises for the best effect.

Phaser/Piercer

If you’ve ever heard a first responder using a Phaser siren you probably wouldn’t forget it. Some retailers refer to the phaser as the piercer. The phaser sound has an intergalactic ring to it. Despite its odd sound, many first responders rely on the Phaser siren to move traffic because it is hard to ignore on the road.

Air Horn

First responders have used air horn sounds for generations. Today the air horn siren sounds created by electronic sirens are electronic reproductions of an actual air horn. Unlike the four siren sounds mentioned above, first responders don’t usually use the air horn siren sound while driving. Instead, this sound is normally reserved for getting the attention of someone in particular. For instance, a car that isn’t moving over for lights or a crowd that is blocking an ambulances’ path.

The IW3 100-Watt Siren from 911 Signal USA

The IW3 100-watt siren from 911 Signal USA can create all of the familiar siren sounds mentioned above and more. In addition to the wail, yelp, phaser, hi-lo, and electronic air horn sounds, the IW3 can create whoop, manual, and warble sounds.

Hear Electronic Siren Sounds in our Demo Video

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