Traditional Incendiary Road Flares vs LED Road Flares

Traditional flares vs LED Flares

Traditional incendiary road flares, also known as “strike flares” and “emergency flares” have been used for many decades to warn drivers of potential hazards on the road ahead. Flares are a staple in both a motorist’s and emergency personnel’s toolkit. While they are widely used today, there are several disadvantages to using traditional road flares that you should be aware of. Many of these disadvantages have been solved by the introduction of LED Road Flare products such as the BEACON-4-LIFE. Read below to find out what the core differences between a traditional road flare and an LED road flare are.

Incendiary Flares Are A Fire Hazard & Contain Toxic Fumes

One of the more significant dangers of using traditional road flares is that they are a fire hazard as they burn at nearly 1,500° F. If not used properly, road flares can easily start a fire that could spread quickly if left near fuel sources, ignitable materials, dry vegetation, etc.

Traditional incendiary flares also produce toxic fumes when burned. These fumes can be harmful by causing respiratory distress, nose and eye irritation.

An LED Road Flare is completely safe to use and does not produce any toxic fumes. In fact, LED flares barely emit heat due to the efficiency of the small but bright light emitting diodes (LED) used in the flares.

A traditional flare 10 minutes into it's initial use

A flare 10 minutes into it’s 30 minute operating duration.

A Strike Flare’s Short Operating Duration

Although effective, traditional incendiary strike flares leave a lot to be desired when it comes to the operating duration. A standard strike flare can burn for a maximum of 30 minutes. Typical emergency and roadside situations last 90 minutes on average. An average emergency would require you to use multiple sets of strike flares per scene to ensure a safe and visible emergency scene.

Battery operated LED Road Flares like the BEACON-4-LIFE can last up to 500 hours on a single set of replaceable batteries ensuring that you are constantly protected during the unexpected.

BEACON-4-LIFE LED Flare used on a traffic cone.

Flare Visibility & Flexibility

Strike flares are effective tools to provide visible warnings to incoming motorists. When used and placed properly in optimal conditions, they can be seen from more than a quarter mile away. Unfortunately, flare placement can be limited due to the environment and characteristics of a road which can limit their effectiveness. If used in humid, rainy, or snowy conditions, their smoke tends to stay low to the ground and does not dissipate easily. The smoke can create a scene obscuring visibility problem for motorists and emergency responders alike as well as causing breathing difficulty and eye irritation for emergency responders and the victims they are there to help.

LED Flares are typically brighter than their strike flare counterpart. Premium brands of LED Road Flares such as the BEACON-4-LIFE are even more visible due to their taller profile and their super-bright LED modules which can emit light visible from any direction in many colors and patterns.

BEACON-4-LIFE LED Flare in action

The BEACON-4-LIFE In Action

Why Buy an LED Road Flare?

While traditional road flares have been used for years, there are many disadvantages to using them that you should be aware of from a standpoint of safety and visibility. If you need a road flare, we recommend opting for an LED variant instead as they are not only more reliable, but are also reusable, safe, and much more visible. 

The BEACON-4-LIFE LED Road Flare easy-to-use alternative to the traditional incendiary flare while providing more features benefits with its super bright LEDs and a run time of up to 500 hours on a single set of batteries.  Learn more about the BEACON-4-LIFE here.

From the shop

With Next Generation Super Bright LED Module. Includes base plate, traffic cone ring, and Duracell batteries. Approved for: Class 1, Division 2, Groups A, B, C, D Hazardous Locations.

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