Code3’s NextGen Lightbar, the Pursuit

At the Police Fleet Expo–Columbus, Code3 PSE introduced their latest lightbar, the Pursuit™. This is a designed-from-ground-up lightbar, a fresh look at what an emergency lightbar should be.

The Pursuit NextGen lightbar uses two very different LED lightheads, stacked one on top of the other. The upper lighthead is a fresnel optic with a diffuser, using all-new, Pro-Axis Optics™ technology. The super-thin lower lighthead is reflector-based with a filter optic. The upper front and rear LED lightheads use single-color LED modules in red, blue or amber. The lower LED lightheads single or dual LED modules and are just a half-inch tall.

The upper level is for the standard red and blue warning lights. The lower level of the Pursuit is for white and amber front takedown, side alley, and rear traffic advisor, in addition to an intersection and flashing signal. The lower level also has a corner intersection sweeping flash pattern.

Upper and lower levels can be programmed separately for uniquely different flash levels. For example, alternate between upper-level driver’s side red and lower-level passenger’s side white and then upper-level passenger’s side blue and lower-level driver’s side white.


C3 Pro Interface Configurator

New for the Pursuit lightbar, Code3 introduced their C3 Pro™ Interface Configurator. The new C3 Pro programming software lets you program all the patterns, lightheads, and level selections on a PC before you load the software into the Pursuit lightbar. Importantly, all the selections can be previewed on the PC before installing it on the lightbar. No extra firmware is needed to write any of the flash patterns.

Once the flash patterns are selected and saved in C3 Pro, then the data is transmitted directly from the laptop to the Pursuit via the data port on the Network Junction box. The four-wire lightbar cable is connected to the small Network Junction Box that can be mounted virtually anywhere in the vehicle. There is no need for a separate programming box. With the C3 Pro, it is easy to download this same configuration software to all the Pursuit lightbars in the fleet. Of course, different lightbars on different vehicles may also get unique flash patterns.

With the C3 Pro Interface, an almost unlimited number of flash patterns and continuous burn patterns can be programmed into the Pursuit. Each lighthead can be assigned an individual flash pattern, giving an almost unlimited flash pattern options. For example, you can have flashing red/blue on the upper level, a full takedown white on the lower front, and an amber Traffic Advisor on the bottom rear—all at the same time.

The Pursuit lightbar has fully integrated LED takedown lights. The white takedowns can be the traditional, center two lower LED modules, or any combination of lower-level lights. This includes the option of the entire lower level being white LED scene lights that provide up to 360 degrees of illumination. These white LEDs are individually switchable (left, right, front, back) for use as alley lights, takedown lights, work lights, and intersection lights.

The Pursuit has a number of important options. The most important is the lower-level Traffic Advisor in amber. When the Traffic Advisor is selected, the lower LED modules are dual-color white and amber. This means you can have an amber ArrowStik capability and white, 360-degree LED scene lights on the same lightbar.

Also an option is auto dimming with photocell technology. Two levels of auto dimming per lighthead and per level are possible. The Code3 pre-emption traffic signal emitter can also be fitted to the upper level, replacing an LED module.

The Pursuit has an optional 12-inch Internal Illuminated Sign Module, which is protected from weathering. This is illuminated by dedicated signage LEDs. The graphics are located on the inside of the lens, protecting them from dirt, damage, and weathering. For example, this can be department graphics, department name, or individual unit number. 

The Pursuit is available in 11 different lengths from 24 inches to 83 inches. All Pursuit lightbars are 13.5 inches wide and 3 inches tall. The internal illuminated sign is available in the 47-inch and 59-inch versions. The upper lenses are available in red, blue, amber, or clear. The lightbar lenses are independent of the upper LED module colors of red, blue, and amber. That is, you would not have a white LED module behind a red upper lens; it would be a red LED module.

With the lightbar off, the vehicle is obviously easier to identify as a police vehicle with the red and blue upper lenses than the clear lenses. On this topic, the Pursuit lightbar has the option of a high or low Cruise intensity, and a high or low Flicker Cruise intensity.

The Pursuit is designed for the law enforcement environment. The polycarbonate exterior lenses are fixed to a solid alloy chassis with stainless-steel fasteners. Brass inserts are molded into the polycarbonate base to prevent the screws from stripping or cracking when the top lens screws are tightened.

A molded grommet system, at entry point of lightbar cable, prevents water ingress or cable wear.  Aluminum plates mounted under the top lenses provide a unique top protection system to protect internal components from damaging UV sunlight while helping the lightbar run cooler and more efficiently.

An internal locating system contains wiring tracks for routing all wiring and connections, which eliminates pinched wires and keeps all the internal wiring neatly dressed. The sealing system is an over-molded seal that is made as part of the lens during manufacturing. The seal incorporates the outer edge of the lens, and acts in place of O-rings for the lens screws. The sealing system also includes the lower-level lightheads.

The LED systems are 100-percent solid-state while the serial controller, all the electronics, are fully encapsulated for protection against vibration. The integrated lens sealing system in conjunction with membrane vents protect the Pursuit lightbar from moisture, dirt, and dust. The cable gland in the base of the lightbar seals around the ultra-thin 0.40-inch power and data cable.

The Pursuit is designed to meet SAE Class 1, California Title 13, and ECE65 when properly

configured. It also meets R10, IP65, and CISPR 25.

The Pursuit uses a serial network control system that allows easy control over settings, configurations, and flash patterns while still allowing the department to use existing control or switching systems. The Pursuit was designed with a curved form factor that allows the lightbar to match the curved roofs of today’s emergency vehicles.

The internal features of the Pursuit make it easy to install and to troubleshoot. The lightbar has one small cable with a hot, ground, and two serial wires, making routing and installation of the cable easy. There are indicator lights for each lighthead on the circuit board show if it is receiving a signal, making troubleshooting at the board level much faster.

The one-to-one plug ratio on internal wiring harness allows easy replacement of a single bad wire as opposed to having to replace a whole harness. Each lighthead is labeled with a color-coded grommet plus a label indicating color/date of manufacture. This makes identifying the LED module output color and warranty date easy.  

Published in Police Fleet Manager, Sep/Oct 2016

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