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flyvans.com 06-08-2019 04:48 PM

cheaper alternative to A500 tail light bulb?
 
as many others, we have the Whelen A500 combined strobe / nav tail light at the tail.
https://m.aircraftspruce.com/catalog...systema500.php

for the second time already over the years, the navlight bulb (part A508-14) has failed. it comes in at a whopping $60+, even without shipping and handling...

anyone found a cheaper alternative? in the end it looks like a glorified halogen bulb with some legs bent sideways... and it's a harsh environment, so the fail will repeat quite regularly.

wanted to avoid replacing the whole unit / going all led right now as the strobe system (from creativair at the time) and wingtip lights are basically fine, including the tail strobe.

thanks for pointers...

bernie

jakej 06-08-2019 05:51 PM

Tail light
 
As you appear to want to go for led lights later why don?t you just replace the tail/strobe with the stand-alone FlyLeds unit, you can use the existing wiring with a small modification at the other end? The added benefit is that the strobe is really bright too.:)

BobTurner 06-08-2019 10:21 PM

A google search shows this bulb available for around $15.


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