Federal Signal introduced the StreetHawk lightbar in 1986. Utilizing the “two-tier” (multi-layer) design pioneered by Federal Signal, the StreetHawk lightbar offers the most effective and affordable warning available. By placing secondary lighting options in pods below the primary lights, true 360 degree warning light coverage is achieved. The flashers, alleys and takedowns are on the lower level while the primary rotators are unobstructed on the upper level.
The variety of lengths and lighting options available make this lightbar ideally suited to the needs of police, fire and EMS response professionals.
The StreetHawk had a long career in law enforcement in the United States for the better part of twenty years.
The all-light StreetHawk became available in 1993. It featured lights in the center instead of the metal speaker grill.
The FireHawk was available in 1997. The FireHawk offered the same options as the StreetHawk but in addition to the black base, it was also offered with a white or red base.
The basic StreetHawk lightbar could be had with rotators, alley lights, take downs, and rear flashers. But it could also be had without flashers. The StreetHawk had black covers that could be placed over the lower openings if they didn’t want lights in those locations. The StreetHawk was available with a 100 watt or 58 watt speaker in the center section with a stainless metal grill cover.
The all light StreetHawk had two (2) additional light modules in the lower section on the front and rear, as well as a rotating light in the middle of the upper section.
The FireHawk (StreetHawk) could be had fully loaded with rotators, Meteor traffic clearing light, Dynaray intersection lights, front flashers, rear flashers, alley lights, and takedown lights.
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StreetHawk lightbars made before 2000 came with s795 50-watt twist lock halogen bulbs. StreetHawks manufactured after 2000 use H1 headlight bulbs.
The StreetHawk was offered with a DynaRay light that could be placed in the front outside corners. These lights swept back and forth and are typically referred to as intersection clearing lights.
The clear center section of the Jetstream allowed the use of the Meteor traffic clearing light. The light moves left and right and oscillates up and down.
The StreetHawk came with 95 FPM (Flash Per Minute) and optional 175 FPM rotators. The all clear lightbars came with a 175 FPM center rotator.
Rotators With Voltage Regulators:
The StreetHawks sold internationally used the faster (rubber-bearing) rotators for quieter operation, and a voltage regulator to reduce the voltage from 12-volts to 9-volts which caused them to turn as fast as the standard rotators.
Lower Light Modules:
The lower section of the StreetHawk contains stationary lights for takedowns, alley lights, and front and rear flashers.
The front and rear lower flashers on the StreetHawk lightbar are controlled by a Model FA3 electronic flasher.
The StreetHawk had an optional strobe power supply with strobe tubes that could be placed in the stationary light fixtures.
The StreetHawk was offered with clear, amber, green, red, and blue lenses. Above you can see a set of red lenses for front or rear flashers. The lenses come with screws and a rubber gasket.
The wiring harness for the Streethawks sold for wreckers came with three (3) extra wires:
- Gray is for tail light
- Black w/white line is left turn
- Red w/white line is right turn
The StreetHawk was offered as a StrobeHawk. The StrobeHawk had a strobe light and strobe power supply mounted in it. As you can see in the photo above it had mirrors to multiply the flash. You can see that there is actually two (2) rows of mirrors, but the first row is split to allow the strobe to flash through to be reflected by the second
The above two (2) photos show a FireHawk (StreetHawk) lightbar with two (2) rotators, a mirror in the center, and a DynaRay intersection sweep in the corner.
Above is another look inside the StreetHawk lightbar. This one does not have the DynaRay light. You can see the wire connections, relay flasher, rotators, mirror, takedown light, rear flasher, and alley light.
In the above two (2) photos you can see the red and blue filters placed on the rotating lights to be used under a clear lens.
Galls sold a TrafficHawk which was just a rebranded Federal Signal StreetHawk.
The Chinese have made knockoffs of the StreetHawk lightbar.
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