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Old 01-30-2017, 04:11 PM
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Default New LED Light Option

So I hardly ever use my landing lights. I just don't fly at night very often, but when I do, I like them to work. I wanted to upgrade but $200+ for a light just wasn't going to happen. So I found an alternative that worked... and worked very well.

I bought a pair of these off of Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Multipurpose-...+LED+18W+6000K

They come with a long leed on them. You have to crimp a fitting on them to match what's on your airplane. I didn't want to alter my plane in case I decided to go back to the standard 7604 at some point in time. You'll also have to find out which wire on your plane is positive and negative... but that is pretty easy if you get a free multi-meter from harbor freight. These lights are a sealed unit with no additional power supply needed. Total install time for both was 45 mins.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7...zR0ZktBeXlQYmM

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7...TZGYl9Kc2VyeFU

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7...3l5cXo3aThLVFE

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Old 01-30-2017, 04:52 PM
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Default RFI?

Todd,

Shoot fire - this is exactly the type of LED landing light I'd like for the new RV-8 project. Thanks for posting.

Did you notice any radio noise with these lights?

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Old 01-30-2017, 05:30 PM
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I did not notice any additional noise. Glad I could help.
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Old 01-30-2017, 05:40 PM
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Thanks for sharing. They don't appear to have any mountiing points or screws on them. How did you mount them?
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Old 01-30-2017, 06:04 PM
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Looks good, Tinker, but what about that mini-bike sitting on the workbench. I need one.
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Old 01-30-2017, 06:52 PM
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Boomer. LOL... the Mini-bike doesn't run. I'm working on that. It would be perfect for some airshows though. It's street legal 49cc, folding gas scooter. Would easily fit in the back seat of my plane. https://www.diblasi.com

As for the mounting options... it is nearly the same mounting as any other aviation light bulb. It rest inside a cutout circle, and is held into the circle by two "L" brackets. I say nearly the same... because it isn't exactly the same. This LED is deeper (less than 1/4 inch) than the average bulb because it has the LED power supply built in. I didn't have modify anything for mine to fit. I can see that some highly specialized mounts may not be as forgiving.

It's an option. For me it has worked very well.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7...mxWbl9fS0JxX0k

My RH light is aimed low because it is angeled as a taxi light. So the hangar belong illuminated is really only one bulb.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7...DV5ZDFQYWV3TFE
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Old 01-30-2017, 08:05 PM
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Did you order one in spot and one in flood or both in spot?
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Old 01-30-2017, 08:37 PM
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ticket for my RV8! My question is how hot do they run? I have seen several other lights that would blister paint, so I am cautious.
I plan for a small cooling air vent to force (at least) some air over the body of whatever light I install, but the amount of heat generated is of concern.
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Old 01-30-2017, 10:47 PM
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Both of the ones that I bought were Spot. I considered the flood, but at 70-80 mph, I though the spot would be better, I'd just have to make the aiming a little better. I suppose either would work.

As for the heat... I have always been paranoid. My strobes, position, and landing/taxi lights are all cooped up together with no cooling. So before I actually installed them, I held them in my hand. They got warm, but not hot. After I installed them, I left them on for 5 mins. The plastic lense of my cover was never hot. I ran all lights for an entire flight... no problem at all.

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Old 01-31-2017, 03:34 AM
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And I thought the IT business was competitive...the LED lighting business is really changing fast.
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