Did you know there are different types of beacons..?

Did you know there are different types of beacons..?

There are different types of beacon lights – a static beacon, a strobe beacon, a rotating beacon and a pulsing beacon. The mode you select for your application will not only aid increased awareness, but it will also help people to know how to react.

Looking a little further into each type of these beacons:

⚡ Static Beacon Lights.

A static beacon light is a light that is constantly lit, also called steady lights by many. It draws awareness to its application and is most commonly seen as a sign that something is safe. For example, static lights are mostly used in the colour green, a colour people recognise as safe. The calming green colour and continuously lit light symbolize to most that it is safe to continue with your task.

⚡ Strobe Beacon Lights.

Flashing strobe beacon lights feature a high signalling effect through bursting white light and are widely used in warehouses and industrial facilities. This device is composed of a glass tube filled with xenon gas that helps to produce a bright flashing sequence and are ideal to use when a wide area needs covering.

⚡ Rotating Beacon Lights.

A rotating beacon light is specially designed to provide an effective warning signal and are most commonly used on moving vehicles because of its high efficiency. This device consists of a motorised mirror which works as a reflector giving a focused light that attracts attention. You will often see these types of beacon lights on emergency vehicles.

⚡ Pulsing Beacon Lights.

Pulsing beacon lights are often used in hazardous areas where due course and attention is required. The flashing light often signals caution is required. An LED pulsing light is an ideal choice for these areas as they can withstand vibrations and shocks and continue working normally. 

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Beacon Lights – A Short Guide

Beacon Lights – A Short Guide

🚨 Beacon Lights – A Short Guide 🚨

Beacon lights play a vital part in providing safety to todays world. They have become a part in our daily lives, providing safety even when we do not realise it.

Different types of beacon lights and different colours are utilised in different applications and situations to provide warning and guidance to the public.

Beacon lights are extremely effective tools in providing safety at road, sea, airfields and many other places. Their powerful light attracts instant attention to an end-user and even if the end-user does not understand the colour code, they will immediately react and proceed with caution from the bright light warning.

Here we will take a short look at some industry requirements and colour requirement of beacons:

⚡ Industry Requirement:

–         Emergency vehicles tend to use rotating beacons. Rotating beacons are extremely effective as they have an extremely high light output and are suitable for vibration atmospheres.

–         On roads, traffic management systems use a few different types of lights. You will most likely see a red/amber/green traffic light and red cross warning/green walking man. They provide a simple and effective instruction for the road user and pedestrian alike.

–         Marine industries require a very high IP rated beacon light and are commonly the colour red as it is mostly used at night, and this provides an unmistakable warning.

–         Aviation industries tend to use a solid red beacon which provide a very specific angle and brightness of light. They are used to guide pilots onto a runway and on tall buildings as a further guidance to pilots.

–         Rail industries tend to use red wig-wag lights which flash alternately to help those outside the train to take notice of the approaching vehicle.

⚡ Colour Requirement:

–         Red beacons usually indicate danger, hazard and emergency situations. The colour red is considered as a powerful signal that can trigger an automatic message to any viewer.

–         Amber/Yellow beacons are used to warn people to be cautious and to be aware that a hazard may be upcoming. This colour triggers people to slow down instinctively.

–         Green beacons indicate safety, it delivers a message that a particular situation is currently being handled and the area is safe. This colour offers people assurance that everything is under control.

–         Blue beacons are most commonly used on emergency vehicles, they provide a clear difference to when red beacons are used, ensuring the viewer can differentiate between the emergency situation at hand.

–         Clear beacons are often used alongside other coloured beacons and are often used in offices and schools as an alternative indication left open to the end-users specific requirements.

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Have you spotted a Yellow or Amber beacon on your travels recently…?

Have you spotted a Yellow or Amber beacon on your travels recently…?



The colour Yellow or Amber naturally triggers a person’s thoughts to slow down and to be cautious. For this reason, yellow/amber coloured beacons are used on slow moving vehicles, on construction sites, airports and in other establishments to increase awareness to crowds. This colour encourages caution in places where unexpected hazards exist. When extra due care and caution is required, amber lights will be used in conjunction with red lights.

Looking at yellow and amber coloured beacons on the roads, as this is the most common area you will see them in your day to day life, these are used on:


-Road works
Used to alert that there may be disruption, slow moving traffic and hazards ahead in the road.


-Large/slow moving vehicles
You will see these beacons on bin lorries, recovery trucks and large load trucks.


-Zebra crossings

Where a pedestrian may cross the road at any given time, so caution is required at all times when approaching.


-Bridges & train crossing lines
Often used here in conjunction with red lights to give the extra caution needed.

On roads, yellow and amber lights should only be used to warn drivers and pedestrians alike of unexpected or unusual conditions, they must be used appropriately to be used to their full effect.

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The Importance of Yellow & Amber Beacons

Yellow or amber beacons are extremely important as they encourage caution in places where unexpected hazards exist.  Once you see these colours your immediate reaction is to slow down and take caution into the area you are approaching as an unexcepted situation is waiting ahead. Most commonly these are found on large, stationary or slow moving vehicles but are also found in other areas such as airports and in conjunction with a red warning symbol to warn of extra caution.

Looking at yellow and amber beacons on roads as this is the most common area they are used, as already mentioned; these are most commonly used on large and slow moving vehicles, but are also used in many other places, such as:

  •  Zebra crossings: where a pedestrian may cross the road at any given time, so caution is required at all times when approaching.
  • Road works: used to alert that there may be disruption and hazards ahead in the road.
  • On bridges and train crossing lines: often used here in conjunction with red lights to give the extra caution needed.
  • Examples of large/slow vehicle’s you may find these units on are bin lorries, recovery trucks and large load trucks.

On roads, yellow and amber lights should only be used to warn drivers of unexpected or unusual conditions, they must be used appropriately to be used to their full effect on users.

What is a beacon?

What Is A Beacon?

A beacon is a purposely noticeable device that is designed to attract attention to a certain location.

Beacons are undeniably one of the most beneficial devices that we have that helps not only in providing safety, but also security.

There are many different types of beacons on the market today, from aircraft beacons to telephone beacons, they are all used for a particular purpose and play a vital role in their application.

Today beacons are electronic devices that light up when power is applied, however beacons have been around for much longer than the modern day! In the past, beacon fires were lit to assist and alert people to a danger – for example used in lighthouses for navigation at sea and even for signalling in war that an enemy was approaching to alert defences. Beacon systems have been used for centuries in this way.

Coming back to today’s age, with the use of modern technology beacons have been used to assist and support many different applications and continue to work well as they draw the attention required to create a safe and secure environment.

Such applications include:

 – Giving safe direction      

 – Alert of high-rise structures

– Emergency vehicles  

– Flood alert