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Old 09-15-2017, 09:43 AM
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Question Runway lighting for private grass strip

I'm based on a private grass strip (2500 x 50) that has existing runway lighting, but the lighting system has deteriorated over the years and needs to be redone. Looking for suggestions on runway lights that are reasonably priced, low maintenance, and sufficiently bright for a rural grass strip.

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Old 09-15-2017, 09:59 AM
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We installed 12"x12" concrete paving tiles into the turf, and glued on "Flush" solar charged LED lights that illuminate along the runway heading. 2 one each side of the threshold, and a line of them about 200' apart on both sides of the runway. The tiles were painted white with reflective glass beads, and are helpful in the day when landing a plane with limited forward visibility.
In the Summer, they glow all night. In the winter, they still glow several hours after dark.
My mower goes right over them, and they pose no threat to aircraft landing gear.
However, they are not official "Runway Lighting"....
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Old 09-15-2017, 10:09 AM
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Like this idea.

Have a stack of concrete pavers sitting around near the end of the runway the past 2 years for this purpose, awaiting paint and installation.

I'd like to see a pic or link to the low profile solar LED lights you installed. That's the part I have a hard time visualizing.
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Old 09-15-2017, 10:17 AM
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great idea. I would love to see some pics also.

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Old 09-15-2017, 10:21 AM
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Agreed... Sounds like a great idea. Pics would be nice.

Or better yet... Can I come fly in? LOL
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Old 09-15-2017, 11:07 AM
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great idea. I would love to see some pics also
Ditto! Please?

I live on a 4000'x100' grass strip with home made LED/solar lights. The lights are adapted to use standard runway light fixtures and used to work well... but as they've aged, they've dimmed or died out completely. The original builder of these has no interest in fixing them, so alternative ideas are handy...
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Old 09-15-2017, 11:44 AM
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This is what we are using with runway edge white lenses.
They are not inexpensive, but they really work great:
http://www.flightlight.com/airportli...V310/AV05.html

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Old 09-15-2017, 12:40 PM
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There was a company several years ago that marketed a product similar to what Skipchief described. They were about 4 " square, and about 3/4" thick.

They used EAA to send samples out to members for evaluation. I got a set, and found that they were much dimmer than our Wag Aero runway lights, and their durability was terrible. I think they sent me three or four, in the various colors needed. One died within a month or so, and all but one of the rest died within a few months. Perhaps they are still on the market, in improved form. Skipchief's solution is obviously far superior to 'standard' lights, from an ongoing maintenance standpoint (mowing around the lights).

If your lights are still there, and the wiring still works, you could consider replacing the incandescent bulbs with LEDs. I've modified most of our reflectors to have spring retainers so that if a mower hits a reflector, it will tip instead of bending. But it still snaps off the bulb. And the bulbs have very short life, even if not abused by mowers. An LED standing on flexible wire would just move with the reflector, and wouldn't be vulnerable to water damage, like the standard bayonet sockets.
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Old 09-15-2017, 12:48 PM
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We installed 12"x12" concrete paving tiles into the turf, and glued on "Flush" solar charged LED lights that illuminate along the runway heading. 2 one each side of the threshold, and a line of them about 200' apart on both sides of the runway. The tiles were painted white with reflective glass beads, and are helpful in the day when landing a plane with limited forward visibility.
In the Summer, they glow all night. In the winter, they still glow several hours after dark.
My mower goes right over them, and they pose no threat to aircraft landing gear.
However, they are not official "Runway Lighting"....
If you do this, don't bother trying to get the expen$ive FAA approved glass beads. We did this one year on our runway center line stripe and used regular highway glass beads on the edge markings.

There was a noticeable difference and all of the pilots liked the highway stuff as being a much better reflector. All I can think is that the FAA beads may be more rated for impact loads rather than reflectivity.
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There's an article in the Sep 2010 edition of Sport Aviation about DIY runway lighting. I tried to post the link out the SA archives but it doesn't work for some reason.
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