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Old 02-06-2019, 07:24 AM
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I have just about finalized my panel design (going with Stein, of course!) and am thinking about the three supplied lighting pots/switches.
  • Avionics
  • Glareshield
  • ????
What are folks doing for the third one? Cabin? Baggage?
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:30 AM
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I am not there yet, but I am thinking
1. Glareshield
2. Panel switches / avionics buttons
3. Avionics screens.

Depends on how much glass you will have and what type, but the garmin screens and garmin buttons have two separate dimmer ports for things like the GTN's, GDU's, and G5. Something to consider. Based on my reading they also have individual light sensors for the avionics screens so you don't need a dedicated dimmer, but I don't trust the sensitivity of the light sensors to keep them all the same or similar brightness levels based on my experience flying these at work.
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:09 AM
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I agree completely about not trusting photocells to do what I want, lighting-wise, especially in low-level ambient light (dawn, dusk, and IFR). A dedicated avionics lighting switch is essential.

I hadn't considered separating the switch lighting from the avionics lighting, but I like it.
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:24 AM
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I did the same as Jon. I used the red & white glare shield LED strip from Van's, with the red on "Panel Lights" and the white on "Cabin Lights" switches. Using the GAD 27 for dimming control, the glareshield dimmer controls both red (in flight) or white (ground) lighting. Works great.

Also note, with appropriate settings of the lighting curves (GAD 27), I'm able to have an "off" position for the switches lighting and for the glare shield strip. When established in cruise, I turn both "off" and can then dim the screens way down - increases night vision visibility and eliminates reflections on the bubble.
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Old 02-06-2019, 12:02 PM
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I used the three dimmer pots to control the red glare shield leds, the white leds, and to control the brightness of the lighted switches.
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Old 02-06-2019, 01:00 PM
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I used the red & white glare shield LED strip from Van's, with the red on "Panel Lights" and the white on "Cabin Lights" switches. Using the GAD 27 for dimming control, the glareshield dimmer controls both red (in flight) or white (ground) lighting. Works great.
Just for the sake of clarity:

Are you saying that your "Panel Lights" and "Cabin Lights" are on independent rocker (or toggle) switches and that the "Glareshield" dimmer pot controls whichever is illuminated at the moment?

If so, that sounds just about perfect.
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Old 02-06-2019, 02:01 PM
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I am not there yet, but I am thinking
1. Glareshield
2. Panel switches / avionics buttons
3. Avionics screens.
The same assignments : Avionics (G3X Touch) - Switches - glareshield and breakers

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I installed a couple of small LED lights (in parallel) in the baggage area, with a dimmer switch on the panel:

https://turnerb14a.blogspot.com/2018...rea-light.html
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Old 02-06-2019, 05:12 PM
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I suppose what is the real intent and purpose. If it is for cool factor, functionality or both.

For functionality, I have a swivels type LED from VANs installed above the baggage area near the roll bar which provide light for the baggage area or pointing to the cockpit. It provides more than enough light for the entire panel and also it is behind me so will not affect my vision.

https://shop.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bi...oduct=maplight

For cool factor, I installed a strip of LED light under the arm rest on both pilot and co-pilot side. It provides plenty of light if I need to get in/out and on the ground stuff but during night flying, I find it to be too much light and not useful. In fact, I even turn off my dome light as the two 10 flat TVs (Garmin) provide enough light to see all my switches.
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Old 02-06-2019, 05:47 PM
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I always install 3 dimmers:
G3X screens
GTN
Cabin/cockpit

If you install a GAD27 you can have multiple lights individually adjusted, on a single pot as well.
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