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Police Visor Lights for Undercover Vehicles

The police visor light is designed for undercover police operations and offers a discreet and convenient way for police officers and first responders to notify drivers of an emergency situation. The light allows first responders to navigate through traffic smoothly and efficiently, but be virtually undetectable when the lights aren’t activated. For aerodynamic reasons, some traditional patrol cars are also outfitted with police visor lights. Unlike other types of lighting, police visor lights can be lit up with just a simple switch and can turn a seemingly ordinary vehicle into a first responder vehicle in seconds.

Why Undercover Vehicles Need Visor Lighting

For a police vehicle to get the most attention on the road, they need to have 360 degrees of illumination. In a traditional law enforcement vehicle, such as a patrol car, 360-degree visibility is provided by a full-size, rooftop light bar. The problem is a light bar resting on the roof of any car makes it extremely noticeable, even when the lights aren’t turned on. The whole point of undercover work is discretion. In these types of situations, an apparent full-size light bar won’t work, but a visor light bar will provide needed visibility and stealthiness in the same unit. A visor light installs in the visor of a vehicle and provides forward facing light. Most departments will add hideaways in taillights and headlights in addition to a visor light to ensure the vehicle is capable of 360-degree visibility when needed. If an undercover vehicle used the same type of lighting as a tradtional police car, detectives would lose the stealthiness they are afforded with discreet emergency vehicle lighting.

LED Visor Lights are Perfect for Interior Vehicle Use

Whether being installed in an undercover or traditional patrol car, LED technology makes the police visor light a practical choice. Unlike traditional emergency vehicle light bulbs, such as halogen or strobe lights, LED lights don’t emit heat. With no heat being emitted from the device, the interior of a car won’t become uncomfortably hot for officers and passengers, even while the equipment is being used for extended periods of time. Since visor lighting is also extremely lightweight, you won’t have to worry about it weighing down your headliner. Most visor lights are created for a universal fit, so undercover vehicle outfitters can put this type of unit in any vehicle desired. With a little tinting, the device is almost unnoticeable when not activated. When installed correctly by an emergency vehicle technician, the interior warning device will rest against the headliner of a police vehicle. The unit won’t distract the driver while driving, or obstruct the view, and will be wired to a pre-existing switch box that is easy to reach and operate, even under extreme driving conditions.

Red and Blue Law Enforcement Visor Lights

Police in the United States use red and blue visor lights. Some states allow police vehicles to also use white or amber lights as optional colors. Under state statutes, police are assigned certain color designations, which applies to all vehicles used by the department unless specifically outlined in emergency light state statutes for the area. For a police department this generally includes traditional patrol cars, undercover vehicles, chief’s vehicle, donated military equipment, trucks, and much more. While there is no law that all police departments in the United States must use red and blue lights, the majority of agencies do. The reason so many state’s designate red and blue to law enforcement agencies is to make sure the lights can be seen during daytime and nighttime hours. The red and blue designation was more important before LED technology was created, but is still important today because of tradition and recognizability.

LED lights are easy to see during daytime and nighttime hours because of technology used to create this type of lighting, but this isn’t true for other lighting technologies. Red and blue halogen or strobe lights aren’t as easy to see in nighttime and daytime hours. For instance, with a halogen or strobe light, blue lights are easier to see at night, and red light is easier to see during daytime hours. By combining red and blue lights together, first responders could ensure their vehicles could achieve the best visibility possible.

Even though red and blue LEDs are easy to see in daytime and nighttime hours, agencies still opt to use this combination of colors out of tradition. Since police have used red and blue lights on their department vehicles for generations, the combination is immediately recognizable by other first responders and civilians. When someone sees red and blue lights in the distance, they immediately recognize the vehicle as belonging to law enforcement. The immediate recognition happens even if the vehicle doesn’t look like a police car at first glance and signals drivers to make moves to get out of the vehicle’s way.

A variety of police visor lights with red and blue LEDs is available at Extreme Tactical Dynamics. We have a variety of visor lights to choose from to fit any agency’s budget.