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What Is the Difference Between Our Mini Light Bars?

Posted by Extreme Tactical Dynamics on Jun 29th 2019

When purchasing a light from Extreme Tactical Dynamics, you’re often presented with more choice than you’d usually find from other brands on the internet. This is because we’re proud of our selection and we do our best to give you as much choice as possible so you can find the perfect emergency light for your needs. However, you might be feeling overwhelmed at the sheer number of lights we have on offer, so we’re going to make things a bit easier for you by helping you differentiate between one of our most popular lineups of products: our LED mini light bars.

Mini light bars are popular because of how compact and convenient they are. Despite being so small, they pack a real punch and can push out a high-intensity light when needed. They’re capable of pulsating, flashing and mixing different types of patterns to create something unique that the user can define. They’re part of our range of police lights, but they’re arguably one of the most popular and commonly-bought emergency lights on our website. They’re used by security guards, firefighters, volunteers and even construction workers or logistics drivers. They’re incredibly versatile and can be used in many different ways, but with so many choices, it can be tough picking the right one for your needs.

Below, we break down each one in order to compare them and match them to your specific needs.

Mirage 12 TIR LED Mini Light Bar

The Mirage series is our new range of fully-featured LED light bars. These feature a full 360° spread of light, making them easy to spot no matter what angle they’re seen at. This particular model features 22 Generation IV 3-Watt LEDs and also 15 flash patterns with memory. They’re waterproof as well, making them durable for external light bars for the price. This is thanks to epoxy seal that holds the aluminum casing together. In addition to coming with the standards cigarette lighter power plug, it can be hardwired if you want a more permanent solution. To conclude, the Mirage 12 TIR LED Mini Light Bar is a fantastic choice for the price. It’s compact, performs well and is versatile enough to use it in a way that can suit you. With 12 different color combinations and a modest price tag of $98.44 (sale from $229.96!), you’d be hard-pressed to find a similar solution for the same cost.

Mirage 20 TIR LED Mini Light Bar

The Mirage 20 TIR LED Mini Light Bar extends on the previous model by offering almost double the amount of power. This model contains a generous 38 Generation IV 3-Watt LEDs and the same mounting style and flash patterns as the previous model. This model comes in at roughly 8” longer than the Mirage 12, making it almost twice the size in length. Simply pop this model into your cigarette lighter and attach it to your vehicle however you want and you’re good to go. The Mirage 20 is currently on sale for just $159.44. In terms of raw value for money, the Mirage 20 TIR LED Mini Light Bar beats both its smaller and bigger brother.

Mirage 30 TIR LED Mini Light Bar

The last light in the series is the Mirage 30 TIR LED Mini Light Bar. At a whopping $274.96, this one doesn’t come cheaply, but it’s surprisingly cost-effective if you do the math. With 54 Generation V 3-Watt LEDs, you’re going to get a huge amount of brightness from this long mini light bar. Much like the other models in the series, you get the standard 15 flash patterns with memory and waterproof housing. This model is considerably longer at 20”, but it’s certainly worth the money if you’re not worried about being discreet and want to save money by avoiding full-sized light bars.

Bolt 17 SMD LED Mini Light Bar

With 336 Generation I 0.5-Watt LEDs, this little light bar can push over 10,000 lumens (60lm/wt) with just 168 watts of power. It comes with 8 unique flash patterns and meets or exceeds SAE j845 and J595 standards. It’s also waterproof with an IP67 rating and is built with a polycarbonate housing. It’s small, stylish and can easily fit on whatever surface you place it on. It comes in the usual color combinations that you can expect from Extreme Tactical Dynamics and a 5-year warranty. We would recommend the Bolt 17 over other similar options that this price point if you want something nice and bright, but still looks stylish and a little more discreet.

Pilot 11" TIR LED Mini Light Bar

The Pilot 11” TIR LED Mini Light Bar is perfect for first responders and volunteers. It’s a handy small light that doesn’t take much space and is always ready for action whenever you need it. With 24 Generation IV 3-Watt LEDs, you can be safe knowing that you’re getting plenty of visibility with this. The heavy-duty magnets help it stay in place and it covers a 360” angle to ensure maximum visibility all over. It’s sturdy, well-constructed and comes with 8 unique flash patterns. This is a handy mini light bar that comes in at $98.96 and sets itself apart with its unique look.

Sceptre 13 TIR LED Mini Light Bar

The Sceptre looks stunning compared to the other lights that we’ve looked at in this article. It’s much smaller and contains 24 Generation IV 3-Watt LEDs that give off 4,420 lumens of brightness. It can be installed with two powerful magnets, making it one of the more versatile and easy-to-install options available. It comes with 7 unique flash patterns and meets IP67 standards, making it waterproof and durable. The most striking thing about the Sceptre 13 is the design. It looks absolutely amazing compared to other options and if you’re worried about the aesthetics of your police light, then the Sceptre series is worth taking a look at.

Sceptre 21 TIR LED Mini Light Bar

For a larger version, why not consider the Sceptre 21? While it does lose some of the sleek and compact charms that the Sceptre 13 has, it gains a lot of extra features. With almost twice the power (40 Generation IV 3-Watt LEDs compare to 24, 7,200 lumens compared to 4,420) the Sceptre 21 packs a punch. It comes with two different installation options and can still be used with magnets. It retains its durability and IP67 rating and isn’t much more expensive at $156.46.

Halo A 03 11 TIR LED Mini Light Bar

The Halo A 03 11 TIR LED Mini Light Bar is designed for first responders in mind. It has a very industrial feel to it and comes in 7 different color combinations that will suit your needs. It contains 19 different strobe patterns and houses 18 Generation IV 3-Watt LEDs. They’re bright, give off plenty of light and have no trouble reaching 360° coverage despite the dark casing. It’s a fantastic light that can easily serve your needs and comes in at a modest price tag of $219.96.

Halo B 04 9 TIR LED Mini Light Bar

Despite the name, the Halo B 04 9 TIR LED Mini Light Bar isn’t much of an upgrade. Instead, it’s a smaller version that houses 16 Generation IV 3-Watt LEDs (two less than the more expensive model) but still contains the same features such as the easy installation, 360° lighting, and easy-to-use features.

912S 13" TIR LED Mini Light Bar

The 912S 132 TIR LED Mini Light Bar is a beautiful looking light bar. It's almost square in shape and evenly distributes the LEDs. It contains 24 Generation III 1-Watt LEDs, so they’re not the brightest but the distribution means that it can give off light that is equal on all sides, making it incredibly visible even at night. With a price tag of $249.96, you might be wondering why it’s so expensive especially considering the reduced performance. The reason is durability. The casing is made from a polycarbonate that is resistant to scratching, shattering and even impacts. It’s a rugged mini light bar that can withstand some serious punishment, making it perfect for niche situations or heavy weather.

912M 21" TIR LED Mini Light Bar

At $359.96 the 912M 21” TIR LED Mini Light Bar is still equally as sleek, but this time it contains 42 Generation III 1-Watt LEDs. The heavy-grade aluminum returns alongside the flash patterns and waterproof casing, but the lights are distributed differently. Instead of there being 6 on each side, the 912M has 9 LEDs on the sides and 18 on the front and back. Despite the uneven distribution, it’s still bright and covers a 360° range perfectly.

5100M 29" Linear LED Mini Light Bar

Lastly, we have the 5100M 29” Linear LED Mini Light Bar. This contains 56 watts of high-intensity light that shines in a 360° spread. It’s sleek and, unlike other choices on offer, is aerodynamic and made from strong scratch-resistant aluminum. It contains 56 Generation III 1-Watt LEDs and 26 flash patterns. Thanks to the rugged construction, waterproof casing, and aerodynamic shape, it’s the perfect LED light bar for police officers that will regularly be driving their car and potentially chasing down offenders.

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