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When cops are on their way to a call, the best way to alert everyone of their situation is to activate police lights. By turning on lights, cops are alerting anyone in the area of their vehicle of an urgent situation. By being able to access the right of way, police can get where they need to be fast. Without police lighting, cops and other law enforcement would have difficulty performing tasks that keep neighborhoods safe.

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History of Police Lights

historical-police-vehiclePolice departments began to pop up across the United States in the early 1800s. The first department in the US was in Boston, in 1838. In 1845, New York City opened its first department. This department was followed shortly by the creation of other departments across the country. Soon, this idea caught on in every state, city, county, and locality across the US.

Emergency lights, and audible devices have been used in almost every cop car in history. But, the type of lights and sirens used today are a far cry from the bulky units used in the mid-1800s. In fact, police lights and sirens have changed quite a bit just in the last two decades. Police gear has changed to lightweight devices that won’t drain batteries, or need a lot to care for. The way police lights and sirens has changed has let cops spend less time messing with gear and more time protecting.

Popular Police Light Colors in the United States

The most popular police lighting used in the US is red and blue. Besides red and blue, many agencies across the US also use white lighting to offset their red and blue police lights.

Make sure your lights are legal in your state before you install them. Click here for more information about the legality of cop lights.

Red Police Lights

Most police cars use some type of red lights. In the US, red forward facing lights are only allowed to be used on emergency vehicles. There are a few exceptions to this rule via state statutes. For example, in Iowa red emergency lights can be used on funeral hearses. In the state of Washington, red lighting is also allowed to be used on tow trucks, but only when the tow truck is not moving. Wisconsin allows tow trucks to use red lights too, but only when the vehicle is standing or near a highway while assisting a disabled vehicle. In California, almost all emergency vehicles are required to use at least one forward-facing red light. Besides being forward facing, the red light must also be a steady burn unit.

Blue Lights are Exclusive to First Responders

The color blue is a symbol of police, which is why almost every cop car in the US will use some type of blue lighting. Firefighters and paramedics may use blue lights on their vehicles too.

White is a Popular Optional Color for Police Lighting

Amber is the most allowed color used by first responder and non-first responder vehicles. White is the most popular optional color used for police lights. Rarely would white be the only color on a light bar or any other type of emergency light except for wigwags or fog lights. Red and blue light bars usually use white lighting for takedown and alley lights. When police use amber lights on their cruisers, state statutes usually need amber lighting to be rear facing. Most traffic advisors installed on the rear of police cruisers use amber lights to direct traffic away from scenes.

Police Departments Dictate When Lights are Activated

People are often confused about why police activate lighting in some situations. The use of police lights is often controlled by policy. In some states, statutes dictate when police  should activate their lights and sirens.

Common Police Lights Used Today

In the United States, most police vehicles have the following cop lights:


Full-size light bars are the perfect way to add 360-degrees of LED brightness. These  lights are offered in split color combos and can include alley lights and takedown lights.

Dash lights created with LEDs are perfect ways to move traffic. An LED dash light can be put in any vehicle with a cigarette lighter plug and suction cup brackets. When installed, a dash light will shine into vehicles, which allows drivers to get the attention they need.

Surface mount police lights add light where it’s needed. It’s easy to add emergency vehicle lighting to the roof of your vehicle, the bumper, and even the interior dash. Adding lights to the surface of your vehicle for intersection visibility or cage mounts can be a bit tricky.

Without a traffic advisor on your vehicle, you will have to spare a team member to direct traffic. If you install an LED traffic advisor, you will be able to have more bodies working a scene. And let the traffic advisor do the work for you. When choosing a police traffic advisor for your fleet, you need to choose a unit that is created with LEDs. This type of traffic advisor can run for hours in any type of weather without draining your battery.

Visor lights are an alternative to full-size light bars and perfect for  undercover cop cars. With a stealthy light, police can remain unseen until they pop their lights on. Most visor LEDs are two piece units.

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Types of Police Lights Available

When shopping for police lights, you need to know that there are many police lights on the  market. There are also many ways to install police lighting.

Types of LED and strobe police light options include:

When deciding where and how to install police lights, check out Extreme Tactical Dynamics’ Police Lights Installation guides.

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Shop for Police Lights with Leaders in the Industry

A simple search for police lights will deliver tons of options to choose from. It’s important to shop for emergency vehicle lighting with pros. Extreme Tactical Dynamics has spent almost a decade working with police and first responders to make cheap police lighting made with LED technology.

We  upgrade our inventory often to better meet the changing needs of first responders and their job requirements.

When you browse our store, you will see that our prices are lower than our competitors. Unlike other retailers, we combine top level quality with low prices. We are able to do this by cuting out the middle-men, which allow us to keep our overhead low, and pass on our savings to our customers.

Understanding Warranty, Shipment, and Refunds on Emergency Police Lighting

It’s important to choose a retailer that has an open and clear policy on warranty, shipment, and refunds. This information  should be easy to find on a site to allow you to access it right away.

Extreme Tactical Dynamics wants our customers to know what to expect when buying from us. We have designed our site to make all this info available 24/7. From the shipping & warranty tab on our site, you can jump to the info you need to understand our policies about warranty, shipment, and refunds. If you have questions about our products, or any of our  policies, contact our customer service team

Creating Relationships with Emergency Light Customers

Unlike others in the business, you aren’t just a number when you shop with us! As shown in our social media accounts, we want to create long-lasting relationships with each person that buys our LED lights, sirens, and accessories. Our team of expert customer service agents has worked in the industry for a long time and has in-depth knowledge of every product in our store. While our site is open 24/7, our customer service agents are only available from 10-4 EST Monday through Friday. You can shop our store 24/7 thanks to our tips, guides, and resource articles. This information will allow you to get clear answers to any inquiry you need – no matter what time of day or night it is.

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