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Old 12-06-2007, 02:47 PM
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Clay,

They are just "Legend Lights" available at Spruce.

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...gendlights.php

They are made in several colors including clear. Stack em horizontally, vertically, or just position as desired. I arranged 6 into a modular prewired package and the unit is attached to the back of the instrument panel with 2 nutplates. For custom lettering not available from among those commonly sold...such as "Canopy Lock" use your word program and a suitable font or a Brother electronic labeler.

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Old 12-07-2007, 07:31 AM
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Rick;
Just curious; for switchable functions like landing lights or boost pump, why use both a switch and a separate annunciator light instead of a single illuminated pushbutton switch?
Also, will your EFIS panels give you any of these warnings? I'm interested in having certain functions and situations annunciated too, but most EFIS screens provide a way to do this. Just how attention-getting the warning will be in the middle of an EFIS display is my question. If you provide a second warning light for the same function, and they're both driven by the same sensor, then are you really accomplishing anything?
I'm trying to please both the KISS principle as well as the, "I'd rather die than look bad" pilot-mentality-reality. Tough.
Your panel looks to be just primed right now, what's the final color?
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Old 12-07-2007, 08:39 AM
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Clay,

You CAN use illuminated pushbutton switches. When it comes to panel design, there are so many variables that at some point the builder simply has to take a certain tack and just run with it. I wanted to minimize switches and breakers on the panel. You can blame Paul Dye for some of my design influences. First, I was so enamored of his Space Shuttle toggle switch guards that I knew I had to have them. Then his homemade annunciator panel looked so cool I had to make something similiar (and colorful). Lucky for me, the parts I used are available off the shelf. My light configuration is (mostly) wired to illuminate when the circuit is on so they are not really "warning lights" per se. The builder always reserves the option to make things as simple or complex as desired. Finally, simple fellow I am, I shot the panel with Tempo black wrinkle paint marketed for such use. From past experience, I know it is tough stuff for rattle can paint and holds up really well. Even though slightly textured, it readily accepts dry transfers.

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Old 12-07-2007, 09:16 AM
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"They are made in several colors including clear. Stack em horizontally, vertically, or just position as desired. I arranged 6 into a modular prewired package and the unit is attached to the back of the instrument panel with 2 nutplates. For custom lettering not available from among those commonly sold...such as "Canopy Lock" use your word program and a suitable font or a Brother electronic labeler. "

I find that the Legend Lights are not bright enough to grab my attention in sunlit conditions. To cure the problem I am in the process of replacing the little "grain of wheat" bulbs with bright LED lights. I can't report results yet but thought I would mention it.

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Old 12-07-2007, 01:48 PM
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I bought OMRON M165 square 12vdc LED indicator lights at mouser. 18mm square with 16mm hole mount, already colored and have built in resistor.

http://www.mouser.com/search/refine....hts&Mpcn=65338
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Old 12-08-2007, 03:17 PM
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Clay,

They are just "Legend Lights" available at Spruce.
Are they LEDs or incandescents? And how visible are they in the daytime?

Thanks,
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Old 12-09-2007, 04:58 AM
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Are they LEDs or incandescents? And how visible are they in the daytime?

Thanks,
Martin
Martin,

The bulbs are incandescent. Cannot comment on flight visibility issues yet, however if you scroll to bottom of the page linked, the photograph may (or may not) give you some insight as to the quality of it's undimmed brightness.

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...ad.php?t=21490
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Old 12-10-2007, 07:33 PM
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Talking I've been waiting years for this post!

OK, here it is. Nothing's wired for real, but the EFIS is running off of my power supply.





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Old 12-11-2007, 06:35 AM
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Looks great! Glad to see you getting closer!
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Old 12-11-2007, 06:39 AM
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Very nice Guy. I like the symmetric layout.
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