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jebstuart 
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Posted: November 28, 2007 at 8:14 AM / IP Logged  
Has anyone installed hideaway strobes in the front headlight assembly on new style 2008 2500 silverado. I don't see a good spot to drill into assemble because the internal reflector are so complex. I am using the whelen pop in bulbs.
Jeb Stuart
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get ready to have :) the unfortunate thing with GM headlights is that there are two layers you need to drill thru to get the strobe in, there is the outer plastic and the inner reflector. When you drill thru the inner reflector it makes a whole bunch of fine dust fly around on the inside of the headlamp and its a real pain in the @$$ to clean it all out. My suggestion is to drill it in the back about an inch or so to the side of the bulb so then when you insert it it wont hit the bulb. that or go with one of these sets: http://whelen.com/details_prod.php?head_id=5&cat_id=47&prod_id=334   these replace your turn signal bulbs with LED's and still give you flashers. That or you can take your driving lights out and stick the strobes in there.
BTW i am whelen dealer so i do alot of these trucks and usually i just go with the led's or i take the driving light out.
p.s. make sure when you stick the bulb in that it seals all the way around or else your lights are gonna fog up.
Good Luck.
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*get ready to have fun:)* is what i ment to write.
jebstuart 
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Thx for the info. I already have the whelen 600 strobe set so the led lights wouldn't be cost effective at this point. I pondered for a while and didn't want to chees up the headlights or the fog lamps in front. Got a pair of clear rectangular pilot fog lamps from autozone for 20.00 and removed the bullb and mounted the hideaways. Then mounted the fog lights behind the grill under the radiator cover. The whelen grill lights were a bit to pricey at this point.
Those led lights look like easy installs. Are they compatible with other vehicles that use that style bulb besides crown vics? How bright are they compared to strobe tubes? So the turn signal bulb is now an led? Is there a load built in so turn signals work correctly?
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yes there is a load so they work correctly, there pretty bright but there new hidway LED bulbs are brighter but there also bigger, they will work in anything with the same bulb style, they do work in the gm trucks.
fisher12188 
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I have a 2007 Silverado 1500 LTZ. I like the idea of not drilling out the headlights and just replacing a bulb. The way I read the Whelen Halo series is that you have to spend 400 for 2 lights in the front and another 400 for the 2 in the rear. Then you still need to buy a swich. Does it include a power supply? If it is that expensive I might as well buy a light bar for my truck. I'm looking for a solution for when I'm working along side a road perfoming an inspection and for response to the fire house.

I talked with a Whelen factory guy who said basically that the Halo is not designed for anything but the crown vic. Would I loose a warranty if they malfunction?

Could I buy a regular strobe or led set of four and power supply for 200 and replace the bulbs for say part of the driving lights and rear backup light? There isn't a way to have them operate the same way as the driving light or backup light correct?

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Another suggestion, if I may. If you drill the outer plastic housing with a 1 1/4" bit and then the inner housing (reflector) with a 1" bit, this will enable you to install the tube. I would recommend putting a bead of sealant or silicone around the outside of the bulb once it is in.
There is also a way to solve the problem of the outside hole. Take a piece of thin plastic (I found that the plastic from 3 1/4" floppy disks works perfectly, and black discs match the color of the lamp housing as well) and cut it in to a 1 1/2" to 1 3/4" circle. (We use a tool that we fabricated specifically for this purpose) Drill a small (1/8") hole in the center of the disc and, after removing the pins and wires from the AMP connector, run them through the hole.
Place a dab of silicone on both sides of the wires and run them back and forth through the hole a couple of times. (No more than an 1/8" of an inch either way) This will get the silicone to set up evenly through the hole for a good seal. take the bottom of the disc and put a good bead of sealant or silicone around the edge and cover the 1 1/4" hole that is on the outside of the lamp housing. Let it dry completely (I STRONGLY recommend overnight) before re-installing the lamp assembly. You now have a nice clean install that is moisture proof and looks nice. Hope this helps.
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