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dross93ranger 09-22-2007 08:53 AM

Wiring Up Police lights and siren
I am getting a push bar off of a cop car next week with a red light, a blue light, and the aluminum encased siren. How would I go about wiring this up? The siren I can figure out since I am buying a siren controller like the real police have (it will control the lights to), but it wont be on for a while.

For the time being I want the lights installed behind my grill. I want them to alternate and light up blue - red - blue - red like on the cars around my area.

How exactly can I wire up these lights temporarily? I'm thinking that if I just put power to them then all I am going to get is them lighting up like fog lights. Would they have built in flashers, or is there something like an in-line flasher available?


Red_Ak_Ranger 09-22-2007 09:05 AM

you do realize how damn illegal that is, right?

All the firefighter guys on this site who think it's more important to have 3209475098345 strobes on their vehicle than actually fight a fire, they are allowed to have certain colors. You definately cannot have red and blue.

dross93ranger 09-22-2007 09:08 AM

I have checked with local law enforcement, and they said that they cant get me for having the lights and sirens, they can only get me for using them to impersonate the police. I'm not going to do that, I am waiting to get the siren controller since I want the siren for that crazy loud horn, and the lights come with it, so what the heck...install them.

dross93ranger 09-22-2007 09:14 AM

Is it illegal to have it for the horn and stuff? I can use the controller also to turn on and off my fog lights and the projectors that I am getting at Xmas. It could be a very cool investment.

I also wont use this on the road, if anything in the future at a show or so when the truck is complete. I may sell the lights and buy another set of pro comp 55's for behind my grill.

Anybody recommend a controller?

Machine090767 09-22-2007 09:29 AM

i guarrantee no law enforcement agency in KY or anywhere in the U.S. is going to allow a kid to put red & blue lights and a siren on his truck.

dross93ranger 09-22-2007 09:30 AM

Well maybe I'll change my mind...I'm looking into another set of the pro comps now...definelty a cheaper alternative

MTLaccord 09-22-2007 09:34 AM

Sounds like fun....but dont ever, and I mean ever use them on the street even if its just to show your friends. I'm talking about the lights but the siren aswell. People know the very disticnt sound of a police siren, and will slowdown/merge even if they can't see lights flashing. And if you get caught even thought your not "impersonating" a cop, they'll impound the ranger, and you'll get stuck with a felony charge of impersonation an officer of the law, which gets you in allot of deep ****.

Now that that's said, i'll tell you how to wire it all up! The most basic way would be to build a small circuit using a thermal relay,pretty much the same thing that makes your signal lights blink. Now there are different thermal relays, so if you could find one that has a faster flash rate, you're all set. Or, if your any good with electronics, build a capacitor transistor flasher circuit. Pretty simple and effective.

Let us know how this goes. And ofcourse...PICTURES!

FireRanger 09-22-2007 09:42 AM

Since this is just flagrantly wrong, I'm going to lock this. I doubt anyone else at R-F want this site being used in the commission of crime. Do yourself a favor, sell the stuff on eBay and don't bother with this. Please do not create a new topic or use PM's to do this either. If you have a beef with me locking this, PM me and we'll talk more. I see this as being no different than asking how to grow pot or how to break into a house.

There are lots of other light-siren-whacker websites that specialize in helping people impersonate police officers. Would you believe I am banned from those sites?

BTW Aaron, I have surprisingly little. Its amazing how does the same job as the crazies that put 20 lights in their grill and for 1/8 the cost :cop:


Originally Posted by KY STATE LAW
189.950 Prohibitions -- Exceptions.
(1) No motor vehicle, except those designated under KRS 189.910 to 189.950 as
emergency vehicles, shall be equipped with, nor shall any person use upon a
vehicle, any siren, whistle, or bell. Any vehicle may be equipped with a theft alarm
signal device which shall be so arranged that it cannot be used as an ordinary
warning signal.
(2) No motor vehicle, except those designated under KRS 189.910 to 189.950 as
emergency vehicles, shall be equipped with, nor shall any person use upon a vehicle
any red or blue flashing, revolving, or oscillating light or place a red light on the
front thereof. This subsection shall not apply to the use of red flashing lights on
school buses or to stop lights or turn signals at the rear of any motor vehicle.

So yes, it is illegal to even have them on the truck without using them. And like I tell everyone else who wants to do this crap, I'll call the KY State Police myself to report it.

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