Different types of Warning Signals

Different types of Warning Signals

Industrial warning lights are used in a wide variety of different applications. There are three different types of flashing lights most used in industrial applications: flashing strobe lights, rotating lights, and pulsing lights.

Here’s a brief insight into the different types of warning signals:

Flashing Strobe Lights.

A strobe light is used to emit regular flashes of light. Flashing strobe 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 that can cover a wide range.

You commonly see such devices on moving machinery, security gates, lifting equipment, service vehicles and in emergency evacuation situations such as fires, chemical spills and hazardous gas leaks.

Rotating Lights.

Rotating lights are specifically designed to provide an effective warning signal. Often used on moving vehicles, a rotating or revolving mirror light is ideal because of its efficiency. Rotating beacons have an LED internal with a motorised mirror, the mirror works as a reflector, giving a focused light beam that attracts attention. By using LED’s in these devices, they are incredibly bright and only consume a small amount of power, making it a cost-effective signalling solution.

Rotating beacon lights are used in the same way as flashing strobe lights, but you will most familiarly see them on emergency vehicles such as ambulances, police cars and fire trucks.

Pulsing Lights.

Pulsed lights, also known as blinking lights, are commonly used within harsh industrial areas as they are highly durable and able to withstand vibrations and shocks. By using LED pulsing beacons, they are also a cost-effective signalling solution.

Pulsing lights are commonly used in hazardous areas such as construction sites and on machinery.

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Have you seen our range of Rotating Mirror Beacons….?

Have you seen our range of Rotating Mirror Beacons….?

Traditional rotating mirror beacons, now incorporating a solid state LED light source, these beacons certainly can’t be missed!

With more and more filament lamps becoming obsolete, we upgraded our standard rotating mirror beacon to provide an extremely high light output, with an ultra-low current draw, using LED displays.

Ideal for fire and security systems, as well as systems that feature battery back-up in case of failure of the primary power source.

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Have you seen how our ‘E’ Series Beacon has evolved..?

Have you seen how our ‘E’ Series Beacon has evolved..?

D.G. Controls Series E beacon is one of our original products and now over 50 years later it is still very much a core product in our range.

This IP65 rated beacon measures 194mm x 146mm and was originally manufactured as a Xenon Flash beacon quickly followed by Rotating Flash, Pulsed Filament and Static Light versions.

Over the years this beacon has been adapted to include a sounder and more recently has been transformed into an 8-mode multi-function beacon whilst moving with the technological advancements of our time. Today this versatile product has moved on from filament lamp models as technology has evolved. It is now available in Xenon Strobe, Rotating Mirror LED, Static 360° LED and 8-mode LED versions with the 8 modes consisting of Static, Standard Pulse, Slow Pulse, Fast Pulse, Triple Pulse, Random Flash, Strobe and Revolving.

Incorporating fixing drill outs on 51mm centres for direct conduit box mounting (gasket supplied!) with alternative 3 drill outs on 100 PCD. Central 20mm diameter entry in the base and 2 side flat pads to allow for alternative entries.

There’s a reason this beacon has stood the test of time, ticking all the boxes, what’s not to love about our ‘E’?!

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Rotating Beacons

Rotating Beacons

Rotating Beacons are ideal for various applications and are a great option for when an alternative is required to a flashing or static warning signal.

Applications include vehicles, such as trucks and forklifts, fire and security systems, industrial process control indication and warning and area’s where an audible warning might be difficult to hear.

There are three types of rotating beacons:

The first type is a filament lamp rotating mirror beacon. However due to global unavailability of filament lamps, these types of beacons are now becoming obsolete. Environmental factors have influenced the electronics market, pushing the use of LED’s in technology over filament lamps.

The next type is a LED rotating mirror beacon. Whilst this is a higher-priced option in comparison to the filament lamp model, this beacon has a low power consumption with a high light output. It is also long life making it ideal for more regular use with less maintenance required.

This unit works by using a slanted mirror style reflector onto a cluster of LED’s. The light is reflected off the mirror as it spins and creates a beam of light.

Lastly is a LED simulated rotating beacon. This one has no moving parts, just sticks of LED’s that light up in a sequence to create the effect of a moving light. Again, by having LED’s this has a long life and low power consumption.

By cutting out the mirror it allows this type of beacon to be used in much smaller housing giving a wider range of applications it can be used for.

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Rotating Beacons

Rotating Mirror LED Warning Signals

Visual signals play a vital role for safety purposes, regardless of the application. The Rotating Mirror LED beacon range is an ideal signalling solution for process control, as well as a variety of other possible applications.

About Rotating Mirror LED Warning Signals

The design and manufacture of warning signals has evolved over the years, with new, brighter, more economical options being introduced on the market. LED rotating mirror beacons are a perfect example of this, and are extremely popular among the field of visual signals.

Rotating mirror LED signals are an improved status indicator due to the added rotating feature. It is a visual warning signal with the increased versatility of how it works. The device is capable of multiple mounting options, to suit your needs as required.

They are made of long-life LEDs, and are available in a choice of five different colours, including red, amber, green, blue, and clear.

The materials used are UV-stabilized plastics which are highly-engineered for durability. Each device has an ABS base and polycarbonate lens to ensure effectiveness while at work.

The Rotating mirror LED beacon also provides all-around visibility in case of hazardous events. It will catch attention faster than many other warning devices.

With all of these advanced functions and high output, this warning device only requires ultra-low power to start working. In case of a power failure, it can operate with the use of a battery.

The Pros of Rotating Mirror LED Warning Signals

When it comes to versatility, this warning signal has a say;

Visual Warning

When hazards occur, a rotating mirror signal is ideal to keep everyone aware. It emits a rotating light that is highly visible, more so than static visual signals. People in and out of the facility can receive the warning message quickly and effectively.

Lesser Consumption

Some buyers assume that a beacon with extra features consumes more power, but not with rotating mirror LED signal. If you are planning to install more than one warning signal, this is a good option. Since rotating LED beacons only demand low power, it is possible to draw more units in a single source.

Easy to Install

When installing rotating mirror LED warning signals, there are several different options to meet the workplace’s needs. They work well for indoor or outdoor installation in different mounting positions.

Recommended Products

With all units incorporating an array of LEDs and rotating mirror, the rotating mirror LED (RM-LED) beacon is available in a number of different housings, making them versatile for numerous applications:


Series E is IP65 rated and a traditional rotating mirror that is equipped with a solid-state light source. It operates with low power and yet offers a high output of 360-degrees visibility. Plugging other devices in one source is tolerable.


This is IP68 rated and is available in many types of the visual signal. It is measured by 220mm high and 256mm in diameter, and is commonly used in industrial applications.


Series H almost has the same features as the Series E, except for the size. This unit is slightly higher and wider than the Series E, measuring 225mm high by 175mm in diameter.  


Series J is known to be a robust hazard warning beacon, with its base made of a heavy-duty cast aluminum to ensure durability.  


Series K is available to be installed in various applications. It is often used to secure industrial environments, and factory areas from possible hazards. This warning signal is installed via direct box mounting which has a cable entry in the base.


Series T is a multi-status signalling device that is compatible with other series. Other accessories are included for co-joined beacons. Multiple devices can be clamped together with this rotating mirror LED signal.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, like other beacon devices, rotating mirror LED warning signals are an ideal solution to ensure safety and security in every workplace. Being a highly visible product, and requiring a low power consumption, the RM-LED range ticks all the boxes!

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