On the Scene: CBS Camera Man’s Truck Work Lights Install

News camera operators are constantly on the move, chasing down stories in many different conditions. Sometimes, they need to work in low-light situations, making it difficult to capture clear footage. Adding lighting to the vehicle is a great way to address this challenge. In this article, we’ll take a behind-the-scenes look at a truck work lights install we completed for a CBS cameraman and showcase some photos of the truck on the job.

Truck Work Lights Install: Build Overview

Floodlighting installations on news camera trucks and other work vehicles are becoming increasingly popular. These lights allow camera operators to capture clear footage even in the darkest conditions and offer usable lighting around the truck, making loading and unloading equipment easier. 

This installation included several high-powered work lights mounted on a 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Z71. We added four Load Lights to the truck’s shell and a Rectangular Task Light inside the hatch. These truck work lights will come in handy for loading and moving the camera equipment and for anyone working around the vehicle at night or in low-light situations.  

Once the installation was complete, the cameraman tested the new lights on a night shoot in the snow. The difference was immediately noticeable. The truck work lights illuminated the scene and the area around the truck. The behind-the-scenes photos of the truck on the job showcase the importance of effective lighting in the field. See the lights in action below!

Popular Flood, Scene & Truck Work Lights at Wicked Warnings

While this build is one great example of two popular truck work lights, we have various options in our online store.

Load Light

Load Light

This light is perfect for trucks, box trucks, trailers, and more, and it's excellent for surface mounting to box trucks, trailers, and cargo vans. The light offers bright, usable work and loading light where you need it most.

rectangular task light

Rectangular Task Light

This reliable task light is an ideal addition to trailers, box trucks, and cargo vans, offering extra usable work light where you need it!

SS3 3-inch LED pod lights

SS3 3″ Sport LED Pod (Pair)

The SS3 LED pods are designed for maximum functionality with custom-engineered TIR optics within a durable package. The SS3 lights are perfect for backup lighting, lighting up anything at low speeds, or trailers and worksites.

Baja S1 2″ Work/Scene LED (Pair)

The Baja S1 2.1″ Work/Scene LED (Pair) has the effectiveness of large lights in a small package. Whether you need additional light for off-roading or to light your worksite or campsite, the S1 is the light for the job!

12" & 22″ Task Lights

This automotive task light features a sleek and low profile design, 5K LEDs, a frosted lens, and an aluminum channel. These lights are perfect for toolboxes, box truck or work van interiors, trailers, and anywhere you need extra work light inside a vehicle.

Baja S2 Sport Work/Scene LED Pair

Baja S2 Sport Work/Scene LED (Pair)

The S2 Sport is ideal for cornering, rack, reverse light, and more. The S2 is a compact and powerful light featuring quality that is second to none. This pair is excellent for added work or "scene light" with a smooth 120-degree circle that projects about 40ft.

Have Questions or Need Help Finding the Perfect Automotive Work Lights?

Please get in touch with our team if you need help determining which lights work best for your vehicle or application. We are happy to help you find the perfect lights for your needs! If you have any questions about this installation or any of our vehicle safety products, please email us at info@wickedwarnings.com.

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Video Demonstration of Wire Swap Installation for Auto Flasher Kits - Molex Connector Pin Removal & Replacement

What are the Wicked Auto Flasher Kits & how do they work?

Wicked Warnings has been around since 2005 with stellar references and we have been using our WAF (Wicked Auto Flasher) module since early 2016 with zero reported vehicle failures. There is no known risk to using any factory lighting as flashers that we are aware of. Of course, all your factory lights will always revert to factory function when the strobes are not being used.

Many of our builds feature a combination of factory lighting as well as purpose-built emergency lights to create a more effective display, so we urge you to consider more than just factory strobe lighting on your build. We have many options available to supplement the factory lighting.

How does the Auto Flasher connect to my truck anyway?

We have 3 connection methods used in our WAF (Wicked Auto Flasher) kits. The way that we manipulate the factory lighting is through the wires. We DO NOT reprogram any of the computers. Everything we do is easily reversible, and any number of individual kits can be combined onto a single switch if desired. There is no single kit to flash all factory lights, as we must retain circuit individuality. The following three methods are used to interface with the factory wires.

  • Wire Cut: In certain lights, like the white cargo light by the third brake, the only way is to cut a single wire (at this time). We understand that some people are uncomfortable cutting wires and we are working hard to offer “cut-free” solutions as fast as we can. This is how some of the current website kits are sold. Sometimes, this is the only option to achieve the desired display.
  • Wire Swap NO CUT: This is by far our favorite solution and how most of the new generation kits will be made if possible. Wire Swap is how ALL the Headlight and Taillight kits are going to be made for the FORD and many GM trucks. We are working to update the current website options to this new “wire swap” kit and will continue noting any changes on the product online as they happen. It really is just as easy as swapping a wire. Again, the kits will have notes in the description stating which version they are. Click here to watch a video showing the Wire Swap method.
  • (NEW & COMING SOON) Plug N Play Extensions: Plug N Play extensions can be purchased for an extra cost. Please bear with us as these are all handmade and fairly difficult to source parts for. We have some availability and are waiting on some parts for others.

We hope this helps to answer any questions about our Auto Flasher Kits and hope you enjoy these products!


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