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Old 07-14-2020, 07:00 AM
Gyrodoug Gyrodoug is offline
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Anyone ever purchased LED lights online and built their own landing lights? I'm particularly curious about 3D printing the mount and if so, which light did you use?

There are some very bright LED options online.

Thoughts? Pics? Files to share?

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Old 07-14-2020, 06:53 PM
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Default Duck works +Rigid

I put rigids into the duck works mount. Its was nice to have the wing retrofit, Plexi and whatnot already worked out.
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Old 07-14-2020, 07:12 PM
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Default Home made

Landing & taxi lites. Plus newly installed FLYLEDS Position & Strobes.

On approach, observers have said it looks like a 757 is landing. Ive never seen em cuz no one else flies my plane.
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Old 07-29-2020, 09:33 PM
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I just finished building the FlyLEDs 7 star landing lights. They are actually a 6 + 1 in that the center LED light can be used as a taxi light with a defuser lens to increase the light arc to a 30 degree arc rather than the 8 degrees of the landing light lens.

Both lights went together in about an hour and a half. I'm in the process of installing them into the leading edge at the moment. Very easy build and significantly less expensive than the landing lights that I have seen for sale from vans or other companies.
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Old 07-30-2020, 05:51 PM
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Default FlyLED SixPack on RV-6A

I recently installed the FlyLED Six Pack into my RV-6A. Replaced 2 halogens. MUCH brighter. Hand cut an aluminum sign to make the backplate. Not the most pretty solution but it works.
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Old 07-30-2020, 07:50 PM
FinnFlyer FinnFlyer is offline
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After looking at a number of more recent long beam flashlights (using HPX 70.2, 50.2) I came back to this from the above thread:
Trustfire 3T6 Detachable 3800LM Flashlight Integrated
Replacement LED Bulb 3 CREE XM-L2
for $19 on Amazon as the most reasonable solution (cost, weight, light) and ordered one to test, in spite of it being "old technology".

Here are some of my notes after looking at

Easy to get carried away. One could use solenoid or servo controlled inlets in the wing LE ducted to the LED or its heat sink.

Their 140lumens/watt started me looking. Cree apparently achieved 303lm/W in the lab -- but a long way from the 135lm/W in the XHP 70.2. Theoretical limit for a white LED with phosphorescence color mixing is something like 260-300lm/W (40% efficiency).

Interestingly, comparing XM-L2 (10W) to CXA3590 (150W):
Maximum Efficacy at Binning Conditions: 175 lm/W
Maximum Efficacy at Binning Conditions: 150 lm/W
the XM-L2 is more efficient.
("Binning" is the manufacturer's sorting produced LED into bins of different efficiencies, colors, etc. Looks like binning conditions are about half the power the LEDs are rated for and LEDs can be over driven to deliver more light at cost of more power and more heat to be gotten rid of.)

At $19 a pop, it's easy to mount, easy to double or triple or ...
and you get lens, reflector, LED and heat sink all in one.

If anyone has corrections to the above numbers, please do post them here.

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Old 08-10-2020, 06:26 PM
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Default Anxiuos awaiting test results

I built a XHP30 X3 LED using a meanwell power supply and although its bright I dont think its as bright as 3800Lumen. My biggest concern with the DIY LEDs is the RMI that can occur with the wrong setup.
Let us know how this tests goes and setup.
As a side I was looking at as my option for future testing.
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Old 08-10-2020, 06:40 PM
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Default FlyLEDs

Just finished my FlyLEDs.
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I cannot be, nor will I be, held responsible if you try to do the same things I do and it does not work and/or causes you loss, injury, or even death in the process.
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Old 08-10-2020, 07:56 PM
Scott Hersha Scott Hersha is offline
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I did that - built my own leading edge lights from bright PAR 36 LED bulbs I bought online. The first airplane I did that on worked fine. The second one I did the same way made all kinds of noise. I replaced those PAR 36 bulbs with 2 aero-lites bulbs and the noise was gone (as promised).
BTW - I have 2 PAR 36 LED landing light bulbs I can sell you. $25 for both.
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Old 08-11-2020, 10:03 AM
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Default Weatherproof?

Are the FlyLEDs weatherproof?

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