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    Police Highlights

    Hello


    I have a student which is a policeman and he asked me today how to call those lights on the police car. I didn't know when he asked me but after some research I foud "police headlights". Do you know if there's any synonyn fot this?


    thank you!!!

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    Talking Re: Police Highlights

    Hi, I call these like that: Light bar. A very common way to say that when a police car is chasing a car they "hit them blues and take off".
    Hope it helps.


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    Re: Police Highlights

    Quote Originally Posted by Borovac View Post
    Hello


    I have a student which is a policeman and he asked me today how to call those lights on the police car. I didn't know when he asked me but after some research I foud "police headlights". Do you know if there's any synonyn fot this?


    thank you!!!
    The single lights are "rotating beacons"; The ones that sit right across the top of the vehicle are "Lightbars".

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    Re: Police Highlights

    Quote Originally Posted by Borovac View Post
    Hello


    I have a student who is a policeman and he asked me today what to call those lights on a police car. I didn't know when he asked me but after some research I found "police headlights". Do you know if there's any synonyn for that?





    From Wikipedia:
    These revolving lights may contain a single bulb around which a curved mirror is spun, creating a rotating beam of light, which appears to flash when viewed from a stationary position. Larger rotating lights may contain 2 or 4 modular or sealed-beam lamps which rotate as an assembly.
    To protect the workings of the beacon, a plastic dome often covers the assembly. These domes usually come in solid colors, but in some cases the front and back halves of the dome are different colors. Other beacons use a clear dome with colored lenses on each lamp. Especially in the last case, these rotating beacons are sometimes referred to as "gumball machines".

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    Re: Police Highlights

    Thanks for the answers! So ... resuming this:


    “rotating beacons” – single lights
    “light bars” – the lights that sit across the top of the vehicle
    “gumbal machines” - a slang term for a police cruiser, especially older cruisers that used this kind of light.
    “sealed beam” - a type of lamp that includes a reflector and filament as a single assembly, over which a front cover (lens), usually of clear glass, is permanently attached. ("Headlights" for automobiles may be of the sealed beam type, meaning that the reflector, the lens array on the front and the bulb are all one unit that must be replaced together in case of burnout.)


    Just a last question: Saying “police headlights” would be incorrect so?


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    Re: Police Highlights

    Yes, since "headlights" are the main lights on the front of the vehicle.

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    Re: Police Highlights

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Yes, since "headlights" are the main lights on the front of the vehicle.


    Those lights every car has, right? So it cannot be a synonym for "lightbars", did I get it?


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    Re: Police Highlights

    Quote Originally Posted by Borovac View Post
    Those lights every car has, right? So it cannot be a synonym for "lightbars", did I get it?

    Yes

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