These instructions apply to our "Ready to Install" line of 1/24 and 1/18 Lightbars and Accessories. Please read them carefully to ensure that you use our products properly and to obtain the best quality from them.

1) All of our Ready to Install products are pre-wired with our Quick Disconnect System. Some of these products have resistors wired into that System, which means if you cut those wires and splice the product into other lighting, be sure that you do not bypass any resistors. If you do, permanent damage will occurr to the product and we will not warranty or replace it.

2) It is critical to use the correct voltage for the product you purchased. Using too little voltage will damage certain products (such as the sirens) or cause the product to work poorly. Using too much voltage will damage all products. The biggest complaint we get is that LEDs don't light up brightly or that they flash a few times and then stop. This is NOT a quality issue or a defect, this is the result of low voltage.

First, our 1/24 scale products (unless otherwise noted) come with a coin battery holder for the battery power. These lightbars are designed to operate on 6 to 9 volts. Depending on the number of LEDs in the lightbar and the color combination, you may be able to use only two CR2032 batteries. If the lightbar does not appear bright enough or the LEDs do not flash properly, you can add a third CR2032 battery to equal 9V of battery power.

For both 1/24 and 1/18 products, you should be using a FRESH FROM THE PACKAGE battery. If your battery is old or discharged enough, you will not get proper operation. We also strongly recommend that you use premium/specialty batteries, such as "Max" or "Ultra" type, depending on the brand, as these will allow you to run the product longer at the peak voltage required for proper operation.

3) To install our lightbars and accessories, generally you will need to disassemble your model and drill one or more 1/4" holes in order to run the wiring. You can disconnect the Quick Disconnect plugs to run your wiring and then reconnect them inside of the model. Be sure that when you reconnect the plugs that the proper polarity is observed (red to red, black to black) to avoid damaging your product. Running the product for an extended period with reversed polarity will damage the resistors.

4) Some lightbars have resistors inside of the lightbar and others have them installed in the wiring. Depending on which lightbar you purchased, some lightbars WILL HEAT UP. This occurs mainly in the Deluxe and Multi-Function lightbars after running them for an extended period of time. The heat that you feel is from the resistors as they reduce the voltage going into the lightbar. This occurs due to certain color combinations and the interaction of those colors/different voltages on the same resistor. Please keep this in mind prior to buying and review the information on the LIGHTBAR TYPES page (the link is at the top of the page) to see which lightbars run cool and which run hot.


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(These instructions apply to any lightbar with a part number starting with "MFCC-". These products are made by another company that has a unique control system for turning on/off the lightbars, changing flash patterns, as well as several other features.)

Depending upon the wiring configuration you ordered, your lightbar will have one or more PUSH BUTTON switches and MAY have one or more SLIDE SWITCHES.

The SLIDE SWITCHES serve as master on/off switches for your lightbar so that you can easily turn it on and off without having to do the press and hold function explained below. Please understand that even with the master switch "ON", your lightbar can be turned off using the push button switch as explained below. 

PUSH BUTTON switches control the flash patterns and other features of your lightbar and depending on the number of presses and length of presses, the button produces different results. The chart below explains how to use the push buttons: