warning lights have proven to be powerful, versatile and rugged. However, LED
lights are very directional in their warning output and few lights approach a true
180-degree warning. While specialized
optics and lenses have helped spread light output, the problem of wide-angle
warning typically required the installation of multiple lights to solve. Whelen®Engineering has overcome that limitation with the introduction of its new
V-Series™ light heads.
V-Series light heads are variants of several popular Whelen products, including
their ION™, LINZ6™, M2, 400 and 500-series. The V-Series variants differ from
the standard lights by using new HDO™ (High Definition Optics) technology and
hard-coated lenses, which protrude from the front of the light in a
semi-circle. The warning LEDs are split into a V-shape, with two arrays facing
opposite each other at 45-degree (nominal) angles. This “V” arrangement is very
similar to the end-caps of Whelen’s linear lightbars, providing true 180-degree
warning with a very bright signal at all viewing angles.
lights offer two additional features: scene lights and puddle lights. Whelen’s
design team listened to customer requests for compact scene lighting and recognized
that V-Series light heads would be mounted in locations ideal for supplemental
scene lighting. Each V-Series light (except the LINV2) has three to six white
LEDs mounted to provide intense directional scene illumination. The scene light
function is independently switched and can be wired to work alone or in
conjunction with other scene lights, including lightbar alley lights.
dual-role versatility makes V-Series lights an excellent solution for “slick
addition to the scene lights, Whelen has added a small array of white LEDs,
which project a low-intensity floodlight downward. These “puddle lights”
function similarly to the entry/exit or running board lights offered on newer
vehicles or even as compartment illumination in some applications. The puddle
light feature can be wired to activate when the vehicle door is opened or
activated with an independent switch. Together with the warning and scene
functions, the puddle light feature makes the V-Series lights a triple-function
product, adding to their versatility and value.
original V-Series light is the V23, based on Whelen’s M2 light, and comes
standard in surface-mount configuration. The V23 has an optional angled surface
mount adaptor, which allows it to match vehicle body contours, as well as a
pedestal-mount kit. The 500 V-Series is based on Whelen’s most prolific light
head design, and will fit most mounts, bezels and applications designed for
that classic product. The larger 400 V-Series light can be surface-mounted or
used with an optional pedestal mount.
ION V-Series utilizes existing ION mounts and comes standard with a universal
mounting bracket. It has now been added to Whelen’s SideKick™ fender light
application for Ford Interceptor and Chevy Caprice sedans. Additionally,
Whelen’s excellent Mirror-Beams™ can be ordered with ION V-Series lights for
exceptional versatility, where the puddle lights and scene lights offer added
utility for slick-top installations.
smallest of the V-Series family is the LINV2, based on Whelen’s popular LINZ6
light head. The LINV2 offers warning and
puddle light outputs only, with no scene light feature. This compact light can
fit any mount or bracket designed for existing LINZ6, TIR3™, or LIN3™ lights, a
huge advantage as Whelen catalogs over 30 different mounting options. The LINV2
would be well-suited for license plate bracket mounting, where the puddle light
feature could be used for tag illumination. It is also ideal for mounting on
smaller vehicles, including ATVs and motorcycles.
Matthew Ayers is a Captain with the
Sevierville, Tenn. Police Department and the owner of Command & Control
Installations. He may be reached at email@example.com or