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Janekom 03-06-2013 09:30 PM

LED Cowl lights
We all know that the wing tip lights means nothing while taxiing at night. Someone else recently posted his solution and at the time I have mentioned that I am also working on something. Well it is done and I am happy with the outcome. At this stage I have two type MR16 (38 degrees) in there that gives a quite a big spread, but I can also change it and try narrower angle lamps.

digidocs 03-07-2013 12:34 AM

That looks great. More pictures and details please!


Janekom 03-07-2013 05:21 AM

The picture below sure pretty much all the parts I had to make.

The next two shows the wiring - it is taped in with foil tape. I use the same as heat shields in the cowls.

And then a close up. Picked up one problem in that the RH one is very close to the alternator. If I do it again, I will lower it by about 1 inch.

RickWoodall 03-07-2013 05:58 AM

Looks good.
I am lookin for a solution like that. Just didnt feel good cutting holes in the wings. Keep us updated. Will be very interested how it handles, heat,vibration and amount of light.

Very nice work.

Aerosport1 03-07-2013 07:02 AM

Here is another solution available for the RV-10 cowl. Available from Aerosport
Products. Easy to install and designed to be installed in painted aircraft.

Janekom 03-07-2013 09:53 AM

The One from Aerosport looks really nice as well.

BUT - I have lost a bit of sleep thinking about those holes that I have to cut.
I I had to cut this huge hole I would even have lost more sleep :)

I have also thought about symmetry and me and Rudi have discussed it at length. I have also given the prop blanking it somewhat when at idle. Maybe I am wrong but with two small holes the prop only blanks one at a time. In the end the two small hole won :D

I guess the end result will be almost the same.

yooper 03-08-2013 09:10 AM

I saw a Kitfox years ago with a light nicely faired into the front of both wheel pants (taildragger). I always thought that was a neat look, and our wheelpants are plenty big, especially on the -10.

Janekom 03-09-2013 06:12 AM

I have also considered the wheel pants at some stage, but making a lens might be a problem.

iowaflyer 03-09-2013 12:36 PM

Where can I find those MR-16 LED bulbs? What are the specs on them?

Janekom 03-10-2013 11:10 PM

Mine is 5W with a 38 degree angle.
Telling you where I found it will not help you - I am in South Africa.

I guess your closest home depot will have similar.

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