VAF Forums

VAF Forums (
-   RV-9/9A (
-   -   LED landing lights (

kaweeka 03-04-2017 06:04 PM

LED landing lights
I just replaced the 75W halogen wingtip landing/taxi lights on my -9A with the following. No noise, $22.59 for the pair on Amazon. They seem bright as the halogen without the excessive heat or power draw.

Soraa 00957 - 9 Watt - LED - MR16 - 75 Watt Equal - 3260 Candlepower - 3000 Kelvin - 80 Color Rendering - 25 Deg. Narrow Flood

Just in case anyone is interested.....

Steve Melton 03-05-2017 08:16 AM

thx for the report. that's probably the way I'll go for now.

krw5927 03-05-2017 09:53 AM

Thanks. You said $22.59 for the pair? That's the price I'm seeing for a single. Do they come in a 2-pack?

kaweeka 03-05-2017 10:22 AM

My mistake,

Ordered from 1000 bulbs
Order Summary
Item(s) Subtotal: $34.54
Shipping & Handling: $4.99
Total before tax: $39.53
Estimated tax to be collected: $0.00
Grand Total: $39.53

krw5927 03-05-2017 01:06 PM

Wonderful, thanks for the update!

pyolet 03-05-2017 01:35 PM

I tried the Soraa LED's as landing lights last summer and I experienced way too much noise so went back to halogens. Guess it depends on the builder grounded all the lights including AeroLED Pulsar nav/strobes, into the wingtip rather than shielded grounds back to the panel, so I experience some strobe feedback as well, depending on VHF frequency. Hope they work for others. Woody.

Steve Melton 03-09-2017 11:23 AM

installed Soraa 00957 - 9 Watt
I like them. No radio noise. I had a slight humm from the halogen but not from Soraa. They are much brighter than the 50W halogens I was using. My wiring is grounded at the wing tip rib. I'll upload a photo in the next couple of weeks for comparison. The current draw initially was 0.9A but settles at 0.84A after a minute to warm. That's about 10W. It's amazing what these bulbs can do. I poked around and found some ebay version claiming 15W MR16 spotlight for $3.50 each. I ordered a couple just to verify them. 15W (quoted 6000+ lumen) is getting close the PAR36 18W light, amazing. The weight on the Soraa bulb is just 47g, that is the highest lumens to weight ratio light I have seen.

kentlik 03-09-2017 12:51 PM

Price drop! If these are the same bulbs $17.27


moosepileit 03-09-2017 01:13 PM

IF you have PAR36s and don't mind spending a bit to have less amperage, the same if not better light than 55w halogens, no noise and dead simple install, read on.

I like the 10 degree Rigid spots. RIGID INDUSTRIES RS PAR36 LAMP 1800 LUMEN | (62110). They are $142 each. There is a 3400 lumen version which sounds overdriven. The current is halved with 1800 lumen and the same as 55w halogens with 3400 lumen.

For my 1800 lumens, the $45 KUNTZLEMAN wig wag works great.

Steve Melton 03-11-2017 03:27 PM

some comparison
marginal photos. 50W halogen on the left, 10W LED on the right. the left side is pointed downward for taxi.

10W LED on the both sides. On a four mile ILS final they said they could see me fine. good enough for me.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:48 PM.