For more than 40 years, Code 3 has developed, manufactured, and been an innovator in the emergency and police lighting space. Though the company is best known for its lighting products, it offers a respectable lineup of sirens and speakers as well. Lightbars, beacons, interior lighting — there is a Code 3 solution for every application. And most impressively, Code 3 is recognized the world over, as its lighting and sirens have been sold in more than 70 countries worldwide. That’s a mark of honor that most other manufacturers cannot echo, especially those that are similar in size.
Code 3 was established in 1974 and rolled out its first lightbar, the 2200, that same year. It was an immediate success, which is why just two years after its founding, the company had to move its operations to a 5,000-square foot facility. In 1983, the company had to move its operations again, this time to a 30,000-square foot facility.
Getting to Code 3's level means perfecting manufacturing, development, and quality assurance processes, so it's no surprise at all that the company adopted both Lean Sigma Six processes and ISO 9001 certification. From start to finish, it's a total level of commitment to the product.
Code 3's Product Offerings - Lightbars, Sirens, Amplification Systems & Beacon Lights
Code 3 specializes in first responder lighting, and its products are found on police, fire, and emergency vehicles. It would be fair to claim, though, that most of the company's lighting products are geared toward police fleets. Still, Code 3 has plenty of beacon and siren options to choose from. Let's start with the company's flagship technology.
1.Pursuit lightbar — Since its founding, Code 3 has engineered some of the most innovative lightbars in the industry, and the Pursuit is currently the prime example of this innovating spirit. No compromises were made with the Pursuit in any facet, and it starts with its impressive durability. The exterior lenses are shielded with a tough polycarbonate, which is in turn anchored to a solid alloy chassis, complete with stainless steel fittings. The result is a lightbar that is protected from all manner of dust and moisture, and one that is vibration-proof.
The Pursuit is actually several lighting systems in one. The top layer consists of a classic set of red and blue warning lights, while the bottom layer can be programmed for several tasks. The top layer of warning LEDs are angled at 45 and 90 degrees for maximum coverage, and the bottom layer can be set for takedown lighting, alley lighting, intersection lighting, work lighting or flashing. The Pursuit also allows users to choose between a high and low cruise intensity. Finally, each light head can be programmed and dimmed individually, allowing for a near limitless number of flash patterns. All of this comes in a profile lower than three inches. Using the Pursuit's C3 Pro software, fleet managers can preview all pattern, level, and lighthead selections before loading the configuration into the lightbar. Once the desired configuration settings are made, fleet managers can upload the settings remotely, through a network junction box that can be mounted just about anywhere in the vehicle.
All of that is paired with maximum installation and troubleshooting ease. The Pursuit comes with a single cable and is built with indicator lights for every lighthead, so setting up and monitoring the lightbar's performance is a snap. Every lighthead is also labeled with a color-coded grommet that indicates the date of manufacturing and light color. This makes it much easier to identify individual LEDs and reference their warranty status.
2.Banshee amplifier system — Code 3's Banshee amplifier is the only amplifier system with low-frequency settings, dual tone capability, an electronic air horn, and a collection of specialty tones, each designed for certain settings. This gives the Banshee excellent audio impact in settings where environmental noise levels are high, and at intersections.
A major relief — the Banshee can be used with nearly every siren system on the market and can be retrofitted to any emergency vehicle on the road. And it doesn’t require special large speakers to function, as standard size speakers will do the job just fine. The goal is to minimize frustration and effort during installation.
3.Arch Beacon — The Arch Beacon, named after the St. Louis Arch, is among the brightest LED beacons on the market and provides up to 360-degree coverage, so it is an attention grabber wherever it goes. It is also available in a half beacon model for added economy and minimal flashback. It can be designed with solid, multicolor, or white LEDs, each complete with multiple flash patterns.
Of course, Code 3 offers dozens more products, every one of them engineered using the same spotless design and engineering processes. It's the kind of approach that can get the attention of fleet managers and municipalities worldwide.More Info⇩