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Old 03-06-2013, 10:30 PM
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Default 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.
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:34 AM
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That looks great. More pictures and details please!

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Old 03-07-2013, 06:21 AM
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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.

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Old 03-07-2013, 06:58 AM
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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.
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:02 AM
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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.

http://aerosportproducts.com
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:53 AM
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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

I guess the end result will be almost the same.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:10 AM
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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.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:12 AM
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I have also considered the wheel pants at some stage, but making a lens might be a problem.
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:36 PM
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Where can I find those MR-16 LED bulbs? What are the specs on them?
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:10 AM
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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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