Light is a critical consideration for law enforcement responding to an incident, especially if that incident has the potential for danger. Law enforcement and emergency response personnel often don’t know exactly what to expect when they arrive at the scene, and without enough light, they may be at risk of harm, or at risk of missing important details. In short, extra light saves time and it saves lives, so no fleet should go without some form of high intensity, supplemental lighting technology. Fortunately, adding flood or scene lights to the fleet isn’t difficult to set up.
There are many lighting manufacturers providing products to law enforcement and emergency response personnel. Ultimately, the choice will be a matter of personal preference, as there are plenty of quality lighting products available. That said, a popular and impressively functional flood light is GoLight’s Stryker product.
The Stryker is designed for both law enforcement and emergency response fleets, and mounts to the vehicle’s exterior. It is an incredibly powerful light, intended to illuminate large areas with staggering brilliance. The Stryker is capable of outputting 200,000 candela at a distance of nearly 3,000 feet. It can rotate 360-degrees and can tilt 135-degrees vertically. Controls can be delivered via remote or be hard mounted in the vehicle. And the Stryker is built for any conditions, as it is weatherproof and highly resistant to both UV rays and saltwater. That makes it a useful choice for fleets operating along the coast.
The Stryker can be used as a flood light or a scene light, and is ideal for emergency vehicles that are difficult to maneuver. The Stryker’s rotation mitigates the bulky nature of a ladder truck, for example. But even though the Stryker is designed for an assortment of emergency and police vehicles, installation is generally the same from vehicle to vehicle. And installation is a breeze, with multiple mounting options available and no advanced knowledge needed to secure the Stryker in place.
Installing the Stryker Flood Light
Again, the Stryker is available with several installation options. The light itself can be permanently or magnetically mounted, and the Stryker’s controls can be either handled remotely or using dash-mounted control. Let’s address each option briefly, as there isn’t much to setting up the Stryker.
1. If permanently mounting the light – Permanent mounting is a little more involved than magnetic mounting, but the benefit is obvious. A permanent mount ensures maximum stability and durability. To permanently mount the Stryker light, first remove the mounting plate from the light. This plate is what will go down first.
Pick a spot on the vehicle for the Stryker. Most choose to mount the light near the front of the vehicle and on a spot that offers a full 360-degree view. Once this spot is picked, center the plate with the vise screw and mark the locations for the three mounting screws. Drill a pilot hole to accommodate each screw, using a 1/8-inch bit to do so. Secure the mounting plate to the vehicle by threading the cross recessed pan head tapping screws. Drill a hole in the center of the mounting plate to accommodate the power cable. This hole should be 1/4-inch in diameter for a wireless control installation, or a 5/8-inch hole for a hard-wired control installation. Attach the connector attached to the Stryker’s underside to the corresponding connector on the wiring harness. Position the connection point under the mounting surface and use silicone sealant around the wiring to seal the drilled opening.
Wet the mounting surface, using either water or lubricant, to ensure an easy install. Place the light over the mounting plate by sliding the front of the Stryker over the front of the plate. Pull the light backward and seat the back of the light on the mounting plate. Move the back of the gasket and install the vise screw. Tighten the screw with a Phillips head screwdriver and replace the gasket. You’re done.
2. If magnetically mounting the light – This is a far faster install than the above, but it does begin the same. Find the optimal spot on the vehicle for installation, taking care to pick a flat, clean spot to promote the strongest bond. Route the Stryker’s power cable through the door frame and connect it to a 12V power outlet. That’s it. The magnetic mount does all the work.
GoLight does recommend that a magnetic-mounted Stryker light be removed from the vehicle when there is strong wind present, or when the vehicle is traveling at excessive speeds.
3. If mounting the controls inside the vehicle – Once again, pick the best spot inside the vehicle for the dash control. Create an opening two inches in diameter to accommodate the cylinder on the back of the remote. Attach the control to the dash with the provided hardware, which should be four screws. There is an indicator on the control box that lets the installer know which side should be facing up following installation. Make sure to position it correctly.
Attach the connector that comes with the control to the connector on the wiring harness. Join the leads at the remote to a source of 12V DC power, using the right vehicle wire attachments to do so. Remember, red is positive and black is negative.
This is clearly something that most can handle without expert knowledge. Some basic wiring is required, but as long as someone with wiring experience is on hand, no advanced techniques should be necessary. Just an hour or two of effort, and the vehicle will be upfitted with one of the most powerful flood lights on the market.