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Old 08-30-2021, 10:13 AM
Jcurry Jcurry is offline
 
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Default RV 12 Cowling Landing Light

Hello,
Has anyone installed a landing light in your RV12 cowling? If so, would you please share the details or link?

Thank you
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Old 08-30-2021, 11:34 AM
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Hello,
Has anyone installed a landing light in your RV12 cowling? If so, would you please share the details or link?

Thank you
All the RV-12's I've seen have the landing light mounted in the right wing, at the time of the build.

Maybe contact Van's about the lighting kit?
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Old 08-30-2021, 01:05 PM
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I have never seen one mounted in an RV-12 cowling. You may want to check out the Scrappy #45 video, Mike Patey shows how he installed three round landing lights in the front of his cowling. I thought hot gluing the light in place while building a molded socket on the inside of the cowling using the light as the mold was an interesting method.

I expect the problem with the RV-12 cowling will be finding a flush area that provides the desired mounting angle for the light to be effective. You may have to do a recessed cowling mount similar to some Cessna 172s. The AeroLEDs Aerosun rectangular and MicroSun would be interesting options over the typical round PAR36 style.

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Old 08-30-2021, 01:33 PM
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You'd need to disconnect and reconnect the light whenever you're removing the cowl. Why add to your maintenance effort?

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Old 08-30-2021, 02:24 PM
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You'd need to disconnect and reconnect the light whenever you're removing the cowl. Why add to your maintenance effort?

Dave
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I bought a 6 that had this set up. Wasn't long & I was moving the light out to a wing because I got frustrated with repairing those wires (not having to deal with them on my other RVs...), guess this old dog is un re-trainable...
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Old 08-30-2021, 02:24 PM
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IMHO, cowling-mounted landing/taxi lights can be problematic -- limited space to install, high vibration area can lead to early failure, illuminate the backside of the prop disc thus interfering with forward night vision, etc. Besides, I prefer the pilot-side of the runway illumination that wingtip-mounted lights provide. Van's wing-mounted lights work well particularly when operating in the wing-wag enhanced-visibility mode.
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Old 08-31-2021, 07:28 AM
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Hi John,
Thanks for the info. My intent is to use the landing light as a recognition light.
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Old 08-31-2021, 01:17 PM
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Hi John,
Thanks for the info. My intent is to use the landing light as a recognition light.
Is yours a 12 or a 12iS?

When it is anything other than CAVU conditions then I just leave the landing lights on wig wag in the 12iS. If the strobes, nav and wig wag landing lights don't make me visible to others then nothing will.
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