LED Dash Light Buying Guide

ETD offers an extensive selection of dash and deck LED lighting options for all kinds of police vehicle. All of our range enjoys exceptionally powerful output and last for at least 100,000 hours. If you are in the market for brand new LED dash and deck lights, however, it can be tricky to find the right options for your vehicle. With this in mind, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to buying LED dash lights or deck lights for a police vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at all your options, including LED dash light type and what to expect. Read on to find out more!

LED dash lights - the basics

All of the LED dash lights sold by ETD are vetted for quality and made to ‘fit’ on the front or back of the interior of your first response vehicle. Each of the LED bulbs we sell is built to a high quality and are exceptionally durable, lasting 100,000 hours. Our dash and deck lights are easy to install, too, and feature suction-cup brackets and power plugs that you simply slot into your cigarette lighter. Furthermore, the control switches make them super easy to mount and dismount in very quick time, whether you are stationary in your car or driving.

The Reasons for using a Dash and Deck Light

LED dash and deck lights are used for a broad range of reasons in emergency vehicles and police cars. First of all - and the most obvious point - LED dash lights are used to distinguish between your police vehicle and others that are using the road. As with all emergency lights, when they are switched on it highlights to other road users that you are moving toward an emergency situation - or that the road users are approaching an emergency situation. Using these lights doesn’t just signal who you are, either - it’s also to do with increasing visibility. When you have your dash and deck lights set up and on, it makes your car more visible almost immediately. They are useful for increased visibility to both other road users and pedestrians, and when you are working in dark or exceptionally busy areas, it can prove an important extra layer of protection. Finally, these kinds of dash lights are used when officers of the law are in unmarked cars - those on undercover, for example.

How do I use LED dash lights?

LED dash and deck lights are a valuable tool for first responders and their vehicles. Not everyone wants - or needs - permanently mounted emergency police lights in their car, and using our ‘Pop-ON’ dash and deck lights is the perfect solution. All you need to do is pop them on when you need them - and pop them off when you don’t - it’s that simple. ETD’s dash and deck lights all make use of powerful, high-grade suction cups that are guaranteed to stay put, no matter how you are driving.

ETD stocks an extensive range of LED dash and deck lights. So which ones are right for your vehicle or needs? There are a few questions to ask before making your choice - let’s take a closer look at those right now.

How bright do I need my lights?

The easy answer to this particular question is to buy as bright a light as possible. But while this might make sense, there is something important to keep in mind. As a general rule, the brighter your lights, the more power they will consume - it takes more Watts to create more Lumens (which is the measure of light). With this in mind, it’s important to remember that using overly bright lights could affect power performance in your vehicle, which could be unhelpful in emergency situations. It’s all about striking the right balance, so feel free to give ETD a call today to discuss your dash lighting needs and the power of your vehicle.

Will the lights affect my driving?

All of the dash lights on sale at ETD have flashback shields, so there is no problem whatsoever when it comes to your concerns about being blinded. And because our lights come equipped with highly powerful suction cups, there is no danger of them falling off at inopportune times.

Will I need to modify my vehicle?

Absolutely not! The beauty of portable LED dash and deck lights is that they are not permanent. You don’t have to make any changes to your vehicle at all - they just pop on and off your dash. They also run on your cigarette lighter, so there is no need to rewire your vehicle in any way - it’s just ‘plug and play.’

OK, so that’s the basics out of the way - not let’s take a look at some of the best-selling LED dash light options.

Fox Trot 8 TIR LED Dash Light
This is a fantastic set of lights that mount perfectly on your dash. They come equipped with 8 Generation IV 3.0 Watt LED bulbs and create a bright, high-intensity light - three times as much as the light emitted by many of our competitors. The Fox Trot 8 come with suction cups and a removable flashback shield that protects your vision and allows you to adapt the amount of light you use depending on what you need. Furthermore, the unit comes with 26 different flash patterns, all accessible from an arm’s length.

Fox Trot 16 Linear LED Dash Light
If you are looking for a high-end alternative, the Fox Trot 16 is an exceptional choice. It’s an incredibly powerful light spread of 48 Watts, and can also be fixed to your window - not just your dash. There are 30 different flash patterns to use, and the controls are easy to access and use while on the move. It’s highly adaptable, too, and if you need your LED lights to be positioned in several locations in your car, it’s a sensible choice.

Enforcer 4 TIR LED Dash Light
The Enforcer 4 is a popular choice for users of police vehicles for a variety of reasons. It comes equipped with a unique bracket that allows the lights to slide up and down as needed, and includes 4 exceptionally powerful suction cups. Users can enjoy multiple placement positions, which in turn leads to higher visibility. Included in the system is 26 different flash patterns, which also benefits from pattern memory, meaning it will use the same choice you were using when switching it on.

Enforcer 8 TIR LED Dash Light
The Enforcer 8 might come in a small size, but it offers exceptionally bright light. At just 9 inches long and 2.2 inches wide, it’s actually shorter than a ruler, and can be set up in super quick time - just put it in place and switch on! The Enforcer 8 also enjoys an adjustable and removable flashback shield and is designed to blend into your vehicle’s dash - perfect for hiding your lights while on undercover operations, for example.

Chaser Linear LED Dash Light
The Chase Linear is one of our newest models of dash and deck LED lighting units. As you can probably tell by its name, the Chaser Linear is perfect for police officers who are involved in pursuits, and there are a few reasons why it’s a fantastic option for such occasions. First of all, the lights are exceptionally bright - 48 Watts of high-intensity light, in fact. The mount is very obvious for pedestrians and motorists alike, too, and when you need to keep people safe while driving at high speeds, it’s the perfect tool for your needs. You have 26 different flash patterns - with pattern memory - and there is a choice of 5 solid colors or 7 split-color combinations.

Ranger Double TIR LED Dash and Deck Light
This is a light with exceptional value. While it’s small, the Ranger Double is incredibly powerful, with two light heads both containing 6 Generation III 1-Watt LEDs. You can mount the Ranger Double on any flat surface in an instant, whether at the front back or sides. The Ranger DOuble comes with 26 flash patterns and also includes a 9-inch power card to help make positioning a simple task.

LED Dash Lights - the Conclusion

We hope you have enjoyed this buying guide for LED dash warning lights- as you can see, there are plenty of different options and a lot to think about before making a purchase. When working in unmarked vehicles or on an undercover operation, these are essential to ensure safety and security for anyone - whether road user or pedestrian - that could be in danger when a situation arises. As specialists in police dash lighting, ETD has spent years developing our range of LED lights for interior use, and believe we have a solution for everyone. Still unsure of what to buy and install? No problem! Just contact ETD today and we will talk you through everything you need to know and make some tailored recommendations for your needs.