Some new equipment
on the Florida Highway Patrol’s cars will have you seeing red – or blue,
depending on what time it is.
Following a 2004
study by FHP that found that it took twice the energy for blue light to be
perceived at the same intensity as red light during the day – and vice versa in
the evening – the patrol has updated the flashing light bars on its patrol cars
to flash the appropriate color at the correct time, according to the St.
new bars – the first update to the rooftop technology in Florida in 50 years – will use LEDs in place of traditional bulbs, to help minimize replacement and
increase energy efficiency and brightness.
The new lights are “probably the most high-tech light bar in
law enforcement today,” Larry Coggins, a spokesperson for FHP, told The
Associated Press. Each computer-controlled light bar will cost about
$2,100, compared to a cost of $1,700 to $1,800 for traditional lights. The
state is expected to spend about $3.7 million for the new equipment, the Times reported.
In addition to the lights, FHP will also install new sirens
that are designed to be heard more easily through well-insulated vehicles.