Emergency car lighting has been an industry ever since the first emergency car left the station. We are used to them and we see them every day, however how much do we actually know about emergency car lighting ? I think not much. This is why in this article, I am going to tell you about the main types of emergency car light that have been used and that are being used today, to help keep the streets free, when emergency vehicles role down the road at full speed to reach their priority missions.
First of all, emergency car lighting refers only to the colors red and blue. The color yellow does not impose any special measures and simply lets you know that something is up ahead and you should slow down and also be careful. The red and blue light however, will require you to slow down and pull over completely, or sometimes simply get out of the way gently. The concept of emergency car lighting took flight in the 1930’s when cars started to increase in numbers on the streets and police cars and fire trucks had problems passing through, depending only on a strong horn, a good siren and some foul language directed at those that did not move.
The first type of light used for emergency purposes was the rotation light. A very simple and base design, it uses only one light bulb which is surrounded by a rotating mirror, that gives the feeling of a rotation beam of light. Used well until the 1980’s this is probably one of the methods that was used for the longest periods of time for emergency purposes.
The type of lighting used until a few years ago is linked to the famous red strobe light used in most Hollywood pictures. Emergency strobe lights have been used by police cars until only 3 or 4 years ago and have a very solid design also. They involve xenon flash lamps similar to the ones used in photography and although they flash for only a brief period of time of under half of a second, the intensity of the beam is very strong and easily detected by the naked eye.
The latest type of lighting technology is connected to LED lights. The new generation of light offers great reliability, as they have great lifespan, they are much lighter than the old lighting installations, so they are easier to mount, and they simply look a lot better helping the youth of today to form a better image regarding emergency vehicles.