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Old 10-07-2021, 11:06 PM
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Default RV-14A Emp Kit - Lighting option?

After thinking about it for a long time and then waiting for the US/Canada border to open (who knows when it will) I have decided to place the order for my RV-14A emp kit in the next day or so. I just think it is probably better to get in the cue now since it will be spring before I can expect my kit.

I will use the time to acquire the tools, prep the shop and do some practice kits.

I am filling out the order form and am curious what others have chosen for the tail light option. Are most going with the AeroLED LN-210 upgrade option that can be ordered with the kit or is there a better option? From what I can gather it is important decide which wing/ landing lights I will use as well so they all work together. Curious of the thoughts of other RV-14 builders. Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-08-2021, 05:32 AM
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Default My choice

I went with Flyleds for all my lights and have been very happy. They have great customer service as well. That said, you donít have to lock in on that decision at this time. I bought mine, fitted in place then put in a box for a few years till ready for hanging the tail feathers. I wouldnít leave on during storage due to potential damage.
There are different wiring requirements depending on what light you choose. I ran the Vanís supplied wire but only used 2 of the wires. Left the other one intact just incase needed later.
My preference would be to wait on final choice till the position & strobes are planned out as well to insure they all function as one unit.
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Old 10-08-2021, 08:58 AM
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If you're looking at the AeroLED LN-210 SunTail option, I purchased one with my kit last fall, but decided to go a different direction for lighting. As a result, I can sell you mine for $350 CAD incl shipping. Brand new.
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Old 10-08-2021, 09:07 AM
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I still have the whelen LED 500 taillight from my Mooney when I put Tailbeacon on it... so probably just going to slap that on.
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Old 10-08-2021, 09:13 AM
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Byron

Curious which FlyLED tail light you decided on. I see they have 2 options and trying to figure out which will be the best and require the least modification.
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Old 10-08-2021, 09:34 AM
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Stigaro

Thanks for the offer, however, still deciding. Curious which lighting direction you decided on and why?
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Old 10-08-2021, 11:15 AM
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Thanks for the offer, however, still deciding. Curious which lighting direction you decided on and why?
Though not committed 100% yet, I think I've decided on the Aveo ZipTips. So much so that I had my wing kit made without the lighting cutouts in the leading edge. These include the rear lighting, so I'll probably forgo the lighting in the rudder.
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Old 10-08-2021, 11:33 AM
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I agree with the other posters that you might consider not committing to your lights now. That was the advice I was given by some local builders. The market could significantly change by the time your plane is ready for them.
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Old 10-08-2021, 01:13 PM
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Curious which FlyLED tail light you decided on. I see they have 2 options and trying to figure out which will be the best and require the least modification.
I suggest you give Paul @ flyLEDs a call or email and talk over the options. He is super helpful and will guide you through what he's got to match what you're looking for.

Since my -14 will be a taildragger I ended up getting the "original" kit for the wingtips, the tail light kit model, and then two of the Leading Edge/Taxi Light combo lights for the pre-cut holes in the 14 wings.
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Old 10-08-2021, 02:40 PM
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ACPILOT,
I used the kit version of the tail LED. The strobe & position kit board runs the kit tail light along with the strobe & position. You can look at the kit wiring instructions and compare with the Vans wiring to see what can be used.
I also have the landing/taxi combo lights in the wings. The kits have changed/improved since I bought mine but Iím still very happy with the results.
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