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Old 12-29-2014, 04:35 AM
Abbygirl1 Abbygirl1 is offline
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Default wing leading edge lights

What are you guys using for landing and taxi lights? I have the Duckworks landing and taxi lights and I might as well carry a good flashlight as they are virtually worthless. They are the h55w fog lamp type, like you would find in a cheap auto parts store. Just not bright enough. I even put a 100w bulb in the landing light with marginal improvement. Is the LED Duckworks conversion worth the money?
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Old 12-29-2014, 06:00 AM
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I used Duckwoks fixtures with Teledyne LED lights.

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Old 12-29-2014, 07:30 AM
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Looks nice A. I was also looking at Rigid Industries lights also. Anything will beat what I have.
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:18 AM
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Seems like the fog lamp type would be ok for taxi lights, but for landing lights I would think you would want driving lights or a narrow beam. Are your lights the HIDs or the incandesant?

I looked at the Whelen LED landing lights. They look pretty nice, but expensive. I bought the HID kit, but still never lit up so I can provide any feedback yet. The LED lights are very efficient so they don't use much power. Maybe an upgrade later once I get this thing in the air.
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:26 AM
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I am using the Duckworks HID and I like the light but have a little RF noise that shows up in my Nav antenna. I have lost two ballasts in less than 14 months of flying so I am now in the market for LED.
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:45 AM
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I have a 70W and a 50W HID from Duckworks, the runway is lit up from 500 AGL and 1/2 mile final.
My lights were working on the way to the restaurant last night, after dark when I went to depart my left landing light was dead. I haven't had time to trouble shoot yet. I hope it's not the ballast, but I suspect it may be.
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Old 12-29-2014, 12:15 PM
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I used the Duckworks lights and the 50 watt bulb. they did what I need them to do when landing and taxiing, but, yeah, they're pretty low power.

So I just installed the Aerodynamix Whelen LED replacements and while I haven't been flying at night lately, my primary reason for lights in the wings in the first place is for additional recognition in the air.

I'm pretty happy with how they look.
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Old 12-29-2014, 12:19 PM
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Default I just replaced

my (early) "Bob Olds" style automotive headlamps bulbs (actual high-beam/low-beam for landing and taxi) --- I replaced the standard H4 incandescent light bulbs with Cree LED bulbs - straight plug-in replacement. I took the -6A flying the other night. Reports from the ground said they could see my airplane from several miles away when I turned back to the airport. As far as landing/taxi, the LED replacements were "OK" ---- BUT, and a BIG BUT! --- with the LEDs turned on, the RF noise in the headset is loud and constant! I could still communicate, but leaving the lights on during the day for recognition, is not going to happen --- way too annoying.
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Old 12-29-2014, 01:48 PM
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Default Aveo Labs Herc 30 w/ Duckworks cutout kit

I haven't installed them yet, but I already have the Duckworks cutouts and plan to use Aveo Labs landing lights (Hercules 30).
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Old 12-29-2014, 03:21 PM
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Baja Designs Squadron LED's. Super bright, made for off-road and very high quality.

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