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Skepilot 01-03-2021 12:03 PM

Map light with focusing lens / adjustable beam width
 
I'm trying to find a map light which is adjustable, not only in terms of pointing direction, but in terms of focusing / adjusting the beam width. Pretty much every airline cockpit I've ever flown has map lights like this, but I can't find anything like that for GA or experimental airplanes.

I've checked the usual sources: Aircraft Spruce, PilotLights.net, Stein Air, plus some non-aviation sites like superbrightleds.com and other sites which supply lights for boats, RV's, etc., but no luck. Any suggestions?

ChrisHodgens 01-03-2021 01:26 PM

Always have a pax
 
I make my passenger hold a flashlight over my shoulder....

avrojockey 01-03-2021 10:07 PM

I think you'll find you may not need all the function of a light designed for variability of airline cockpit that needs to meet the desires of 100s of pilots, but this is similar to the 737 removable flight kit lamp...

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...ockpitspot.php

noelf 01-04-2021 06:04 AM

Sportie's has a number of flashlights that may work. You will probable need to make your own mount.

fl-mike 01-04-2021 07:41 AM

I have lights similar to these in the canopy frame side-rails. Not too bright, and self-contained. Mine use three LR44 batteries.
No beam adjustment though.
Can even take them off if you need a light under the dash or something.
https://www.ebay.com/c/1656456216

rv8ch 01-04-2021 07:55 AM

headlamp
 
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I've read that many people fly with a headlamp at night.

Here's me wearing one after a tough riveting session: :D

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rzbill 01-04-2021 09:50 AM

And you can get red head lamps too.

I use one for both night flying and astronomy.

avrojockey 01-04-2021 10:00 AM

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Originally Posted by rzbill (Post 1491350)
And you can get red head lamps too.

I use one for both night flying and astronomy.

The three-pack of Duracells that Costco sells has a red led lamp in addition to spot and flood. I wear this at night. It's nice to have the red lamp for flying and the white light for pre/post flight.

Skepilot 01-04-2021 05:09 PM

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Originally Posted by avrojockey (Post 1491258)
I think you'll find you may not need all the function of a light designed for variability of airline cockpit that needs to meet the desires of 100s of pilots, but this is similar to the 737 removable flight kit lamp...

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...ockpitspot.php

Yeah, I saw the Grimes light, but is too antiquated and ugly for my new, pretty airplane. :D

I like this one, which is on newer airliners like the A220:


But, it's 28v only, and I can't find anyone who sells it anyway.


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Originally Posted by fl-mike (Post 1491309)
I have lights similar to these in the canopy frame side-rails. Not too bright, and self-contained. Mine use three LR44 batteries.
No beam adjustment though.
Can even take them off if you need a light under the dash or something.
https://www.ebay.com/c/1656456216

Yeah, the beam adjustment seems to be the difficult feature to find.

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Originally Posted by rv8ch (Post 1491315)
I've read that many people fly with a headlamp at night.

No way I'm wearing a headlamp AND a headset AND an O2 cannula! :D

AV8ER 01-04-2021 07:03 PM

FLITELite - Microlight Lip Light
 
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Originally Posted by Skepilot (Post 1491496)
No way I'm wearing a headlamp AND a headset AND an O2 cannula! :D

I have panel lights that can be pointed but prefer to use this lip light. Headlamps are nice but the elastic band puts pressure on your head a lot like passive noise cancelling headsets whereas this thing lives on your headset boom. FLITELite makes a bunch of variants to this one to match your flavor of choice.



It weights nothing and as it is always on your headset boom day and night there is no hunting for it when the sun sets mid-flight. It is dimmable and turns on/off with the push of a button while remembering the previous dim setting. I keep a few spare batteries in the plane but it seems to operate for a while on a single set.


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