Red, Blue and Inescapable

LEDs are proving to be the bright spot in lightbar innovation


The Liberty also has a slightly wider footprint, which gives it greater stability and weight distribution, an important consideration given the thinner roof construction of today's vehicles, says Berke.

For agencies that want a higher profile, the company has designed the Whelen Freedom FV and FW Series lightbars. This "double decker" bar measures 3 3/4 inches from base to top, but uses the same mounting system as the Liberty, so it too sits snug to the roof.

Some of this bar's features include:

  • complete independent on/off and flashing pattern control of each lighthead;
  • phase control of each lighthead to allow for alternating, simultaneous and combination flash patterns;
  • cruise light control with unlimited adjustable intensity levels;
  • a WeCan electronic control module that communicates all lightbar operating functions (Super-LED and halogen);
  • functions that are programmed via pick-and-click or drag screens on the setup computer;
  • and the ability to add up to 12 Super-LED modules for a total of 16.

Both the Liberty and the Freedom exceed California and SAE requirements.

Considering all these options and features, in the end, it is the lightbar that best serves the department's needs and goals that will shine above the rest.

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