Install Patrol Car Emergency Lights

Lights are smaller, quieter and supply more light-power than older halogen rotating beacons and strobe solutions.

Patrol cars benefit from compact, lightweight lights. LED (light emitting diode) technology provides cost savings over halogen, since the bulbs don’t need to be replaced. The lights are small, quiet and supply more light-power than older halogen rotating beacons and strobe solutions. Clear lightheads mean the lights can be less conspicuous, too. One of the simplest and most economical locations for patrol car emergency lights is on the rear deck straddling the third brake light. The location is weatherproof and highly visible when the emergency lights are illuminated.

Instructions

1. Remove the rear seat and pry the brake light off the rear deck with a flat-head screwdriver. Disconnect the brake light wire by pulling it off with a set of pliers. Remove the fasteners that secure the deck and remove it.

2. Position the patrol car emergency light bracket behind the brake light 1/8-inch from the indentation left by the third brake light.

3. Run a red positive wire from the fuse block to the rear deck and fuse it with an appropriate fuse — many lights use 5 Amps. Run a black, negative wire to the rear deck. Add a switch halfway along adjacent to the driving position.

4. Drill mounting holes into the deck with a 9/32-inch bit. Drill a hole for the wires with a 1/2-inch bit and secure the bracket to the deck with the included hardware. Then re-install the deck and the third brake light, reconnecting it. Feed the emergency lights wires through to the switched power source. Clip the emergency light to the bracket and re-install the patrol car rear seat.

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