Beacon-4-life frequently asked questions (FAQ)


1.) How is the BEACON-4-LIFE traffic beacons are safer and better than traditional incendiary strike flares?


  • Multi-functional warning beacon, flashlight, work light, and S.O.S. signal.
  • No heat.
  • No noxious smoke.
  • No sparks.
  • No flames.
  • No burned skin.
  • No burned uniforms.
  • No risk of igniting accidental fire
  • No chemical residue.
  • No wasted taxpayer dollars on single-use & dangerous strike flares.


2.) How is the BEACON-4-LIFE traffic beacons better than other electronic flares?


  •  The BEACON-4-LIFE modular design allows for easy field replacement of components such as lens, LED module, body, and battery cap.
  • It’s a multi-functional warning beacon, flashlight, work light, lantern, and S.O.S. device.
  • It stands 12 inches tall for increased visibility in snow and over obstacles.
  • Contains 20 super bright LEDs.
  • Bi-color models can be operated in either color independently or alternately flashing between the two colors.
  • Uses inexpensive D size alkaline batteries.


3.) Why choose the BEACON-4-LIFE  traffic beacon instead of a hockey puck type electronic flare?


Would you lie down on the road in order to direct traffic away from an emergency scene or disabled vehicle? So why would you want to use a low profile style flare to warn oncoming motorists?


Unlike the low-profile “Hockey Puck” style LED warning flares on the market, we designed the. BEACON-4-LIFE to stand 12″ tall. It was not designed to be run over buy vehicles because it was intended to be seen and avoided.


If people are running over your warning beacons, it is probably because they are not seeing them in the first place. This puts your emergency personnel at risk of being struck by a vehicle. Think about this…isn’t the whole purpose of a warning beacon or flare to be seen and warn people away from an emergency scene, disabled vehicle, obstacle in the road, or dangerous area?


4.) Is the BEACON-4-LIFE traffic beacon UL approved for use in hazardous locations?


Yes! The BEACON-4-LIFE is UL Approved for use in hazardous locations: Class 1, Division 2, Groups A, B, C, D. 


5.) What colors are available for the BEACON-4-LIFE traffic beacons units?


Red         Amber        Red & White          Red & Amber         Red & Blue         Blue & Amber           Green & Amber


Please note: Dual color LED module flash patterns (including S.O.S.) can be operated in either color or alternately flashing between the two colors.


6.) Does the BEACON-4-LIFE traffic beacon have field replaceable parts?


Unlike other warning beacons on the market – the BEACON-4-LIFE was designed from the beginning to have field replaceable parts. The lens, LED module, body, and battery cap can all be swapped out rapidly in the field and without special tools. 


7.) How is the BEACON-4-LIFE traffic beacon powered? able parts?


 It uses 3 D-size alkaline batteries. 


8.) What flash patterns are available for BEACON-4-LIFE traffic beacon units?


Traffic Warning Beacon


  1. Triple strobe flash
  2. Fast flash
  3. Steady-on
  4. Slow flash
  5. Rotating flash
  6. S.O.S.


Traffic beacon Flashlight


  1. Flashlight – High
  2. Flashlight – Low
  3. Flashlight – S.O.S.


Work Light / Lantern Mode (red/white model)


  1. Work Light / Lantern – High
  2. Work light / Lantern – Low


9.) Is the BEACON-4-LIFE traffic beacon rechargeable?


The BEACON-4-LIFE is not rechargeable for a reason. As a firefighter for many years, the inventor of this product has had too many experiences where the portable radio or flashlight mounted in a firetruck charger was not working when needed because it had not been properly placed back in the charger by another user. The BEACON-4-LIFE must be ready for use when you need it most!


Once the “low battery” indicator comes on, you will have multiple hours of use before the battery goes dead. The unit will not suddenly stop working! The importance of using alkaline batteries was made clear when a firefighter used the Beacon-4-Life in the aftermath of a hurricane and did not have a capability to recharge his equipment. All he had to do was swap out the readily available D size alkaline batteries and keep on going. 


Because this product was created for emergency situations, an important consideration to keep in mind is in the event of a long term power outage (such as after a severe storm or hurricane) your ability to recharge the unit may be difficult or impossible.