We know there's a bunch of you out there who subscribe to the theory that having too much
light is barely enough...
Please say Hi to the Flyleds Seven Stars landing light. 8400 lumens
of lighting goodness.
(Clicking the picture takes you to our product page.)
We're using the same well proven Cree XHP35 LEDs and collimating lenses* as used in our Works kit and the Combo lights. Except we added a few more this time! We had a 100mm diameter heatsink custom made for us for this spotlight. Flight testing the light tells us we went a little overkill on the heatsink sizing, which can only mean that the LEDs are always kept in their comfort zone.
The Seven Stars landing light is designed to go into a Duckworks or Van's round PAR36 light bracket. The mounting holes for the light are at the same 5" centers as the Duckworks setup.
Due to the size of the heatsink, getting the light into the wing may be a small challenge however! We removed the wingtips on the RV-10 (a ten minute exercise) to fit the light through the lightening holes in the ribs. If you have an RV-14 with the larger light window on the leading edge it will drop straight in.
Ashley (Dustyone) fitted the light to his RV-10 first (link here
) and then chose to upgrade the window size afterwards to increase his off-axis visibility to others.
We haven't felt the need to modify ours yet, as shown here:
The distances marked were measured using Google Earth. You can tell that the lights are angled downwards a little by how bright the foreground is, so we have no doubt you'd easily see the plane in the distance (or the deer/moose/kangaroo) if you were at approach height.
We've had a few 3D printers working overtime to create some bracketry that will make assembly of the lights a simple task. One phillips head screwdriver and about 20 minutes of your time is all that is required.
We'll have these available at Oshkosh 2019. We're camping at the booth this year, so night time demonstrations are also welcome! We're looking forward to getting complaints from other campers already.
*(A collimating lens gathers all of the light from the LED and throws all of it
forwards. A simple reflector does this also but lots of light escapes out to the sides as well.)