Police Lighting has been around since the first posse went out into the night carrying torches. We’ve come a long way since then! Today, highly advanced Generation I, II, III and IV LEDs provide our Police Departments with a formidable arsenal of far-ranging, high-intensity emergency light setups that not only light up their surroundings, but more importantly, keep them safe when doing their dangerous jobs, often at night.
Police Lights Protected With Polycarbonate Housing
Clear, super bright LEDs are the heart of a superior police light. High-grade, industrial strength polycarbonate has brought lenses and housings to a new level of excellence because this material is virtually indestructible; it won’t shatter or crack. The lenses stay clear, won’t fog up, and will not yellow, so LEDs shine brightly while staying protected from the elements and road debris. Extreme Tactical Dynamics has every type of emergency vehicle light to outfit your police car, truck, or motorcycle from top to bottom, inside and out, and almost every one of them has housings and lenses made of polycarbonate.
Types of Police Lights
We have tiny 1” Hideaway 9 Lights that blast 24 Watts all the way up to a a Chameleon Multi-Functional Traffic Advisor that has a light output of 96 Watts. We offer those who serve and protect us economical “packages,” too! Our E-36 10-Pack produces a whopping 180 Watts of surface light that will illuminate the entire exterior of your vehicle. Check out our products section, and find exactly the police car lighting you need. We also have any bracket or accessory you’ll need for a DIY installation.
Take down lights are designed to protect you. When turned on they completely light up the vehicle in front of yours, and are made so high-intensity that those inside cannot see you because of the brightness of the light. This gives you the advantage because you can quickly assess a situation, see how many people you will be dealing with, and see well inside the vehicle itself. Alley lights enhance your peripheral vision expanding the width of the light spread especially when you are on patrol. Adding them to the ends of one of our full light bars increases the lighted area making it easy to see what’s going on the sides of your police vehicle, as one police officer commented...They really help you see what’s in the bushes.
Our surface mount lights with either black or chrome bezels blend well with the exterior, so they are not even noticed until they are switched on. 160 Watts of light can be hidden in the head and tail lights of your police vehicle, totally hidden, and perfect for undercover work by installing the Head Strobe Tube Kit that has 8 German-made 20-Watt Xenon lights. There are a whole lot more police lights with other features to choose from; there are various sizes of Traffic Advisors, some displaying flash patterns, all with pattern memory. Others have versatile ON/Off switches on the back of lights or on a cigarette lighter power plug-in.
Our versatile police lights have many features that make them perfect for police work. When you’re running a Code Blue and trying to get to an incident as quickly as possible, you’ll need powerful, well-placed, highly visible lights to show the motorist where you are. How many of us have heard a siren but have not been able to tell where the noise was coming from? The siren catches our attention, but it’s the bright, flashing lights that tell us exactly where the police vehicle actually is. These lights can be mounted high on the roof with gutter brackets or internally on the dash or deck of your police car or POV. They can be attached to visors with straps or to the interior windows with suction cups, features that make them quick and easy to install and to remove if you want to always have your lights with you no matter what you are driving. ETD offers additional features like take down lights and alley lights which are often overlooked, but extremely practical, useful, and could be life-saving.
Popular Police Light Colors in the United States
The most popular police light colors used in the United States are red and blue. Many agencies across the US also use white lights to offset the traditional red and blue. White and sometimes amber colors are referred to as optional emergency vehicle lights by different state laws.
No matter what type of emergency vehicle light a police officer has installed on their patrol or undercover vehicle, it is the driver’s responsibility to make sure the lights on the car is legal to their jurisdiction. Make sure the lights on your car or truck are legal in your state before you install them by checking out our guides on the different state statutes.
Red Warning Lights
Most police cars implement some form red lights on their car, SUV, or truck. In the US, red forward facing lights, like those used in a grille or dash light, are usually only allowed to be used on emergency vehicles like police cruisers and fire trucks.
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 blue lighting. Firefighters and paramedics may use blue lights on their vehicles too. The same way it would be unusual to see a cop car with just red lights, it would be odd to see the same vehicle with just blue lights as well. Almost all police vehicles will use a combination of red/blue lights on any vehicle in their fleet.
White is a Popular Optional Color for Police Lighting
White is the most popular optional color used for police cruisers in the United States. 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. While police departments also use amber lights on their cruisers, state statutes often mandate that amber lights be rear facing. Most traffic advisors installed on the rear of law enforcement vehicles only use yellow lights to direct traffic away from scenes.
You customize the colors by selecting either solid or split color options, and often you can choose how you want your lights to shine, with either TIR or Linear 1 lenses. Extreme Tactical Dynamics offers our customers a wide selection of multi-functional features which allows you to get just the light you need for whatever job you’re doing, whether it’s on your way to an emergency and when you get there.
History of Police Lights
Police departments and patrol cars began to pop up across the United States in the early 1800s. The first department was born in 1838 Boston. In 1845, New York City opened its first agency. This unit was followed shortly by the creation of multiple organizations across the country. This idea eventually caught on in every state, city, county, and locality across the US.
Emergency lights and audible devices are present in almost every cop car in history. But, the type of lights and sirens used today are a far cry from the bulky units utilized in the mid-1800s. Police gear that was once thick, massive, and drained batteries quickly has changed to lightweight devices that won’t leave cops stranded with a dead battery or need a lot of maintenance. The way police lights and sirens has changed has let cops spend less time messing with gear and more time protecting communities.
Modern Police Departments must have dependable, trustworthy, super-bright lights that won’t let them down. All of our lights are individually checked and tested by our QC team before our products leave the factory. We sell the highest quality police lights at the most affordable prices….That’s Our Pledge to You!