How to Select a Golight Remote Control Spotlight
  Tuesday, January 09, 2007 - Larson Electronics Magnalight

The Golight remote control spotlights come in a wide array of capabilities and formats.  As such, this article looks to define some of the important characteristics of the Golight Radioray and Golight Stryker range of Golight remote controlled spotlights. 

 

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How to Select a Golight Remote Control Spotlight

Tuesday, January 09, 2007 - Larson Electronics Magnalight

 

The Golight remote control spotlights come in a wide array of capabilities and formats.  As such, this article looks to define some of the important characteristics of the Golight Radioray and Golight Stryker range of Golight remote controlled spotlights.

 

GOLIGHTS – WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL

 

What do the Golight remote control spotlights have in common?  Golights are motorized spotlights that rotate a full 370 degrees and tilt up and down 135 degrees.  The motors are controlled by remotes with enable the operator to move the light up and down and back and forth at will.  While some of the Golights come with a wired remote control, most units come with a wireless remote control.  All Golights run on 12 and 24 volts systems, distinguished by their part numbers.  For example, the Golight 7901 and Golight 7951 are 12 Volt DC version, while the 24 volt versions, GL-7951-24-M and GL-7901-24-M, contain a step down board which reduces the 24 Volt DC power to 12 Volt DC power compatible with the 12 VDC bulb and controller motors in the Golight.  The Golight Radioray 2020 and the Golight 2049 and Golight 2067 are now also available as 24 volt spotlight versions (GL-2020-24 and GL-2049-24 and GL-2067-24).  The Golight Stryker wireless remote controlled spotlights come in 12 volt and 24 volt versions.  The Golight 3049, Golight 3067, Golight 3000, Golight 3051, Golight 3100, Golight 3151, Golight 3066, Golight 3006 and Golight 3106 are all available in 12 volt DC and 24 volt DC versions.  www.magnalight.com carries the complete line of 12V DC and 24V DC Golight remote controlled spotlights and searchlights.

 

12 Volt DC power systems are commonplace in consumer vehicles, while 24 volt DC lights are required for military and some commercial equipment applications.  The Golight Radioray and Golight Stryker remote controlled spotlights offer 12 Volt applications for the consumer and light industrial marketplace, while the 24 Volt DC models service the heavy industrial, work machine, marine and military markets.

 

DC power is available is most vehicles, aircraft and boats, thus the Golight remote controlled spotlights are applicable in nearly every way in which people work, move and transport.  In these applications, operators are looking to control the direction of the light.  In some cases, the operators are looking to remain safe and secure within the shelter of the vehicle, while directing the light beam to surrounding areas.  Thus, both wirless and wired remotes are used to control the lights in inclimate weather conditions and in military operations.  In other cases, people use Golight remote controlled lights to assist in their work efforts away from the vehicle. While the Golight is attached to their vehicle, their wireless remote controls give them the power to direct the light on their work subject, even if their work subject moves.  In this way, the operator does not need to return to the vehicle to adjust the angle of the light, even if they need to move to a new work area.  Utility company workers, with the use of bucket trucks may work their way down a service line, nearly 30 feet above the ground.  With the Golight remote control light remote at their disposal, they can adjust the angle of the light to follow their path without lowering the bucket and returning to the truck.

 

PORTABLE REMOTE CONTROL SPOTLIGHTS

 

Next, you need to determine how the light will be used.  Do you need to move the light from place to place or vehicle to vehicle?  If so, you need to consider the Golight 7901 (white) and Golight 7951 (black).  These remote control spotlights come with a magnetic mount base.  The base is strong enough to keep the light in place on the vehicle at low speeds and the light comes with a swivel handle that enables the user to carry the light.  The Golight 7901 and 7951 come with 400,000 ICP lamp (about 5,000,000 CP in retail candle power) and 12 foot cord with cigarette plug.  These lights come in 12 volts and 24 volts.  Larson Electronics (www.magnalight.com) offers longer cords and alternate power connections, including ring terminals, battery spring clamps, Hubbell plugs and circular military connectors. 

 

The Golight 7901 and Golight 7951 is approximately 7 inches tall, 7 inches wide and 7 inches deep.  The Golight 7901 and Golight 7951 wireless remote control spotlights come with a single handheld wireless remote control that is effective to 150 feet.  The remote is rectangular in shape and is approximately 4 inches long, 2 inches and one half inch thick.

 

For those operators who need portability from vehicle to vehicle, but are looking for a semi-permanent mounted remote controlled light that can remain in place as the vehicle travels, the Golight Stryker “M” series is a better choice.  The Golight 3000-M, Golight 3051-M, Golight 3006-M (units with handheld remotes), Golight 3049-M, Golight 3067-M, Golight 3066-M (units with handheld and dash mount remotes), Golight 3100-M, Golight 3151-M and Golight 3106-M (units with dash mount remotes) offer 200 pound grip magnetic bases with 16 foot cords and a variety of connections, including cigarette plug, battery ring terminals and spring battery clamps.  These heavy duty Golight remote control spotlights offer a brighter beam  (6.5 million adjusted retail candlepower), wireless remote controls, 200lb grip magnetic base and more than enough cord to reach a power source.  Commonly, operators will place the light on the vehicle, work their shift and then remove the Golight and place it in their tool box at night for safe keeping.

 

PERMANENT MOUNT GOLIGHT REMOTE CONTROLLED LIGHTS WITH WIRED REMOTE CONTROLS

 

If you plan to permanently mount a remote control spotlight, you have many choices.  The Golight Radioray 2020 is a permanent mount spotlight with a dash mount remote control.  In other words, you will need to run wire the power and the wire harness to the dash mount remote control.  The dash mount remote control is reminiscent of a small joy stick.  The Golight Radioray 2020 remote control spotlight permanently mounts to a surface and uses a rubber gasket for a weatherproof seal between that surface and the Golight.  The Golight Radioray 2020 is available in 12 volts (GL-2020) and 24 Volts (GL-2020-24) and has a 5 million adjusted retail candle power (400,000 ICP).  The Golight Radioray 2021 is the same unit in black, available as GL-2021 for 12 volts and GL-2021-24 for 24 volts.  For those needing portability in and around the vehicle or need a model free of wireless transmissions, the GL-2021-24-M offers a 200 pound magnetic grip.  In the event that cutting a hole in the dash to support the dash mount remote controller is not an option, Larson Electronics Magnalight offers the GL-2020-D-B mounting box which fully encases the remote control, offering a 4 corner screw mount instead.

 

Moving up the ladder of features, the Golight Radioray 2049 (black) and Golight Radioray 2067 (white) add a wireless handheld remote control to the functionality of the white Golight Radioray 2020 and black Golight Radioray 2021.  The handheld remote is reminiscent of a television remote and is effective to 150 feet away from the Golight.  The Golight Radioray 2049 and Golight Radioray 2067 can be controlled via the dash mount joystick style remote control of the handheld wireless remote control. These Golight spotlights are available in 12 volt and 24 volt combinations (GL-2049-24 and GL-2067-24).

 

Continuing to the top rung of the Golight spotlight food chain, the GL-3049-W and GL-3049-W-M are the most powerful and feature rich remote control lights in the range.  Featuring a wired dash mount remote control, 6.5 million adjusted retail candle power and a sleek, wireless handheld remote control, the GL-3049-W stands apart.  The GL-3049-W is a limited production unit, where the light actually provides feedback to the controller.  The controller has a series of LEDs around the joystick which tell the operator the rotation and elevation of the Golight remote controlled light.  In situations where the operator cannot actually see the light, including heavy equipment, boating and military applications, the LEDs tell the operator where the beam is pointed.  The GL-3049-W and GL-3049-W-M (magnetic version with 16 foot cord and cigarette plug) is the most sophisticated, feature rich Golight remote controlled spotlight and is only available in black.

 

GOLIGHT STRYKER WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROLLED SPOTLIGHTS

 

The Golight Stryker GL-3049-W and Golight Stryker GL-3049-W-M magnetic mount spotlights are unique in the line of Golight Stryker remote controlled spotlights.  The Golight Stryker series generally features wireless remote controllers, a brighter beam than the Golight Radioray and a more compact, sleek design.  The Golight Strykers come in 3 colors, black, white and chrome.  Golight Stykers come in permanent mount versions, featuring a unique, detachable interlocking plate mounting system and magnetic mount versions, featuring a 200 pound grip magnetic base and 16 foot cord with cigarette plug, ring terminals or battery clamps.  Magnetic mount Golight Strykers are only found on www.magnalight.com. 

 

Handheld remote controlled Golight spotlights

 

The Golight Stryker 3000, Golight Stryker 3051 and Golight Styker 3006 are the white, black and chrome, permanent mount versions with a single handheld, wireless remote controller.  The remote controllers are ergonomic and control the power, rotation, elevation and speed of the Golight spotlight.

 

The Golight Stryker 3000-M, Golight Stryker 3051-M and Golight Styker 3006-M are the white, black and chrome magnetic mount versions with a single handheld, wireless remote controller.  The remote controllers are ergonomic and control the power, rotation, elevation and speed of the Golight spotlight.  The 5 inch diameter, 200 pound grip magnetic base, brighter illumination power and 16 foot cord with cigarette plug make the Golight Stryker magnetic mount series the most popular of the Golight spotlights with handheld remote controls.

 

 

Dash mount remote controlled Golight spotlights

 

The Golight Stryker series features models with a wireless dash mount remote control.  This means that no wiring is required between the controller and the light, greatly simplifying the installation process.

 

The Golight Stryker 3100, Golight Stryker 3151 and Golight Styker 3106 are the white, black and chrome, permanent mount versions with a single dash mount, wireless remote controller.  The rubber cover on the remote is removed, revealing 4 mounting screw holes on the rear of the unit.  4 self tapping screws can be used to mount this remote to any surface for easy operation. The remote controls turn the light on and off, whilst controlling rotation, elevation and speed of the Golight spotlight.

 

The Golight Stryker 3100-M, Golight Stryker 3151-M and Golight Styker 3106-M are the white, black and chrome, permanent mount versions with a single dash mount, wireless remote controller.  The rubber cover on the remote is removed, revealing 4 mounting screw holes on the rear of the unit.  4 self tapping screws can be used to mount this remote to any surface for easy operation. The remote controls turn the light on and off, whilst controlling rotation, elevation and speed of the Golight spotlight. The 5 inch diameter, 200 pound grip magnetic base, brighter illumination power and 16 foot cord with cigarette plug make the Golight Stryker magnetic mount series the most popular of the Golight spotlights with dash mount remote controls.

 

 

 Golight Spotlight with wireless handheld and dash mount remote controls

 

The Golight Stryker series features models with a wireless dash mount remote control.  This means that no wiring is required between the controller and the light, greatly simplifying the installation process.

 

The Golight Stryker 3067, Golight Stryker 3049 and Golight Styker 3066 are the white, black and chrome, permanent mount versions with a dash mounted, wireless remote controller and a wireless handheld remote control.  Having both remotes enables the operator to control the Golight spotlight from inside the vehicle or boat, while also moving the light to suit while away from the vehicle or boat.

 

The Golight Stryker 3067, Golight Stryker 3049 and Golight Styker 3066 are the white, black and chrome, permanent mount versions with a dash mounted, wireless remote controller and a wireless handheld remote control.  Having both remotes enables the operator to control the Golight spotlight from inside the vehicle or boat, while also moving the light to suit while away from the vehicle or boat. The remote controls turn the light on and off, whilst controlling rotation, elevation and speed of the Golight spotlight. The 5 inch diameter, 200 pound grip magnetic base, brighter illumination power and 16 foot cord with cigarette plug make the Golight Stryker magnetic mount series the most popular of the Golight spotlights.

 

GOLIGHTS AS REMOTE CONTROLLED NAVIGATION LIGHTS FOR BOATS

 

While many boat owners install the Golight Styker series on their boats, there are other specific options.  If you plan to use the Golight products as a marine navigation searchlight on a boat, you need to look at the Golight 6000 and Golight 12000 series of lights.  This remote controlled light is permanently mounted on the bow of the boat via a 6-inch or 12-inch stanchion post that locks into a female Perko receptacle.  The Perko receptacle is pre-installed on most boats, but ships with the Golights as well.   The power is carried from the boat’s 12 volt system via the stanchion post and the remote control spotlight is equipped with the standard red-green light at the base.  The Golight 6000 and Golight 12000 wireless remote control boating searchlights are both designed to withstand saltwater and UV damage, they are ideal choice for boaters.  The red and green running lights stay lit continuously when the light is locked into the socket.  The remote controls the power to the spotlight, rotation, elevation and speed.

 

ANALYSIS AND SELECTION OF THE GOLIGHT SPOTLIGHT FOR YOUR APPLICATION

 

After reviewing the features and specifications, the following analysis should prove useful in selecting the right remote controlled spotlight for your application.  Will you need to move the Golight spotlight?  If the answer is yes, you need to focus on magnetic mount options.  Magnetic mount version have the part numbers featuring GL-XXXX-M, with the “-M” indicating magnetic mount.  If not, then permanent mount Golights will work for you.

 

Next, you need to determine how much light you need?  In general, the Golight Stryker models, indicated with a “3” in the part number project nearly 150 feet farther than the Golight Radioray models, noted with a 2, 7 or 5 in the part number.  For example, the GL-3000-M is brighter than the GL-2000-M, even though both are magnetic mount Golights with a wireless handheld remote control. 

 

How many remotes do you need?  If you will need to operate the Golight while away from the vehicle and/or the light, you will need a handheld remote control.  If you want to know where the remote is at all times, affixing the dash mount remote ensures that you will always know where at least one remote is located.  The GL-3049-M, GL-3067-M, and GL-3066-M offer both remotes in black, white and chrome respectively.

 

Color selection is fairly simple.  You can choose from white, black and chrome. 

 

The more sophisticated operators, especially military personnel, need to determine whether their communication equipment (comms) will conflict with their wireless remote controls.  If this is an issue, the GL-2020-24-M is specifically designed to work with a wired remote control on a 24 volt power supply.   The GL-2020-M and GL-2021-M are models that have no wireless board in them that can be used on 12 volt power supplies. 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Golight Remote Control Spotlights

Where can I get Golight installation instructions?  Click on the links below for Adobe pdfs of the installation instructions.

Golight 2000 Instructions

Golight 2020 Instructions

Golight 7900 7901 7951

Golight 2100 2110

 

What is the amperage draw and wattage of the Golight Radioray and Stryker products?  The Golight Radioray and Golight Stryker products draw 5.5 amps for 65 watt lamps. .5 amp runs the motorized control of the spotlight and 5 amps lights the 65 watt bulb.  

 

Does the Golight series of magnetic spotlights come in 24 volt versions?

Larson Electronics is the sole source of the magnetic version of the Golight Stryker series, including the Golight 3049-M, Golight 3067-M, Golight 3051-M, Golight 3000-M, Golight 3100-M, Golight 3106-M, Golight 3066-M, Golight 3006-M. 

Can I run the Magnalight and Golight products from my diesel generator? 

Absolutely.  Use a AC/DC converter that has one receptacle for every Golight you intend to run.  Let us know that you intend to do this with the Golight and we will ship a special cord set that you can use to connect the light to the AC/DC converter.   

Can I run the Magnalight and Golight products from a 110 AC circuit (normal wall outlet)? Yes.  Be sure to include the GLA-1204 converter when you purchase any Golight (Magnalight) and we will ship your Golight (Magnalight) with the appropriate cord set to enable you to use the Golight (Magnalight) on a standard wall outlet.

How exactly does the Golight Stryker mount? 

The Golight Stryker simplifies that mounting process.  At the base of the Golight, one removes the locking screw and the interlocking base plate slides out from under the light.  This zinc plated plate has 3 screw holes.  Use the plate as a template to mark the three holes to drill in the mounting surface.  Drill the holes and attach the plate using the metal screws provided. If necessary, coat the screw holes with silicone.  Pull the wiring from the base of the light through the access hole in the plate and slide the light back on to the mounting plate.  Replace the locking screw and push the rubber gasket into place.  See Larson Electronics Golight Description Page for more information.

What is a stanchion mount Golight? 

The Golight 2100 and 2110 spotlights are not telescopic.  The light sits atop a 12 inch post which has terminal connections and the base.  The light comes with the female receptacle and is typically used on boats and/or construction vehicles.  This search light comes with the familiar marine red and green lights on the front. 

Is there a way to make the Golight continuously rotate? 

No.  The Golight cannot rotate continuously like some security cameras.  The Golight can only move when the operator depresses a button on the remote.

What is the advantage of the Golight having a 2 speed motor?

At distance, Golights can move quickly into position, to react quickly to changes in vehicle speed or direction.  The high speed controls this movement.  The low speed motor moves the light more slowly so the operator can position the light more precisely once the beam in is general position.  The dash mount remote controls do not offer 2 speed operation.  An inline resistor can be used to decrease the speed.  Only wireless remotes offer 2 speed operation for the Golight remote control spotlights.

What is different about the Golight 7901 and 7951 models?

The Golight 7901 and Golight 7951 models are unique in that they offer the most options for mounting.  They are portable lights with adjustable handles.  They have a suction cup mount for semi-permanent mounting.  The suction cup base adheres to a magnetic "shoe."  The magnetic shoe has about 40 lbs of magnetic grip and the Golight is slid into the shoe.  A push button spring lock secures the Golight in the base.  A locking lever engages the suction mount within the shoe.  In the event the user wishes to detach the light, they can simply press down on the spring lock button and push down on the locking lever.  At this point the light will slide out of the shoe base.  Lastly, this Golight spotlight comes with a cigarette lighter plug, so it connect to any location.

I have 2 or more Golights on my vehicle but the each remote seems to move both lights, even after programming them on separate channels.   What is the problem?

If you have multiple Golights on a single vehicle, you can program each Golight to work with different remote controls.  In order to do this successfully, each Golight needs to to be on a separate power source and fuse.  In this way, you can adjust the DIP switches to a different configuration, connect the power to one Golight and then turn it on with that remote.  Then connect the other light to its unique power source and use another remote with a unique dip switch configuration to turn that light on.  Each Golight will be programmed to work with only a single Golight spotlight.  Bear in mind that each Golight must be on its own fuse and its own wire.  When "programming" the light that is connected to the power, hold the on/off button down on the remote for a 5 count.  Then repeat this process for the any other Golight, once the programmed Golight is removed from its power source.  

I have a two way radio.  What frequency does the Golight wireless remote control run on?

All of Golight’s receivers and transmitters run on 433MHz. Various radio signals affect the lights but the two-way radios seem to be the worst culprit. I’ve talked with people who use the lights right next to their radio antennas without any problems and others that can’t use either radio or light without interference. Generally, the light and radio antennae should be as far apart as possible.

 

The dip switches change the code that the transmitter and receiver use to “talk” with each other but changing the dip switch settings has no affect on the frequency.

 

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