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Could Green Become a Common Emergency Light

Here at Feniex, we have an ongoing joke about our aversion to jumping on the “green lighting” trend. We’ve seen the youtube comments, we’ve heard the incessant whispers in the industry and we’ve even read it in the scientific research papers…but we’re still not convinced. When will we finally succumb to the pressures of social media? When will we give green its place on the first responder throne? Let us read on, green warriors.


Why is Green Lighting Making Its Way Into the Market 

Feniex has an ever-growing community of green light enthusiasts. They’re loud, they’re proud and they want to be heard. Trust us…we hear you! We decided to hit the books and do some research of our own. Why are green LEDs growing in demand? For starters, green is the most visible color on the light spectrum. They’re better seen in the daytime or in extenuating circumstances like bad weather (ex. on snow plows). A study done by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) on winter maintenance trucks showed green may be spotted easier, but also emitted the most glare, a significant concern for drivers on the road if not configured correctly. These moments we dread as drivers, especially those of us sensitive to light, may agree that green lights simply produce too much of a distraction and could be doing more harm than good.

What Vehicles Actually Use Green Lights?

Green lights are primarily used on vehicles for private security, homeland security, airport safety, or volunteer vet/firefighter/ambulance vehicles mostly found in rural areas. What are the benefits of green LEDs within these applications? For vehicles in states with severe weather conditions or where certain regulation limitations are a concern, green lighting makes sense. In most cases that we see, however, their surrounding environments don’t require that level of visibility. Plain and simple, green lights in these applications are excessive and unnecessary.

Green Emergency Lights Meaning

Most of the vehicles mentioned above are using green lights as “courtesy lights” so they can “suggest” people move out of the way, but here at Feniex Industries, we are producing lights that set clear demands. When there is a novelty in the industry, confusion often follows. In a study for the Evaluation of Green Lights on TMAs, most drivers associate the color as “green means go” and rarely ever see it within the context of emergency lighting. Move Over Laws in most states also do not apply, therefore drivers are not required to move over a lane or slow down their vehicles. Psychology and the law speak for themselves, my friends. If we could communicate the message in terms of color…these green lights are giving off too many red flags.

Where Feniex Industries Stands

At the end of the day, there just isn’t enough demand for Feniex to jump on the green light trend and spend time adding more green to our product lines. We love our loyal customers and maybe one day, we’ll retract this blog post and announce an all-you-can-ask-for Rainbow Lightbar. Until then, keep relying on us to exceed industry standards and keep you on your toes. Check out our website to purchase emergency lighting in 5 super bright colors…including green. Check out our Fusion-S line for beautiful, eye-piercing green lights. Just don’t expect us to add green to every new product line until laws change and green meets or exceed red and blue demand.