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Old 01-03-2021, 12:03 PM
Skepilot Skepilot is offline
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Question Map light with focusing lens / adjustable beam width

I'm trying to find a map light which is adjustable, not only in terms of pointing direction, but in terms of focusing / adjusting the beam width. Pretty much every airline cockpit I've ever flown has map lights like this, but I can't find anything like that for GA or experimental airplanes.

I've checked the usual sources: Aircraft Spruce,, Stein Air, plus some non-aviation sites like and other sites which supply lights for boats, RV's, etc., but no luck. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-03-2021, 01:26 PM
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I make my passenger hold a flashlight over my shoulder....
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Old 01-03-2021, 10:07 PM
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I think you'll find you may not need all the function of a light designed for variability of airline cockpit that needs to meet the desires of 100s of pilots, but this is similar to the 737 removable flight kit lamp...
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Old 01-04-2021, 06:04 AM
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Sportie's has a number of flashlights that may work. You will probable need to make your own mount.
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Old 01-04-2021, 07:41 AM
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I have lights similar to these in the canopy frame side-rails. Not too bright, and self-contained. Mine use three LR44 batteries.
No beam adjustment though.
Can even take them off if you need a light under the dash or something.
Mike W
Venice, FL
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Old 01-04-2021, 07:55 AM
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Default headlamp

I've read that many people fly with a headlamp at night.

Here's me wearing one after a tough riveting session:

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Hands FREE is the way to be Amigo!

Below is just an example of a headlamp that I use both for night flight (red light available) and pre-flight and stays in my flight bag. I don't fly a lot at night, but this is just the way I roll when it comes to flash lights.

Not endorsing any particular brand or source. The below link is merely an example what's out there.
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Old 01-08-2021, 10:14 AM
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Default Cockpit lighting keeping it simple...

You might look into a finger-mounted light. My instruments are mostly lighted and I have a mounted light on the starboard area of the cockpit that Vans sells (see picture below) but have found a finger-mounted light to be VERY handy! There are several sources including, (available through My Pilots Store), to name a few. I really like mine in that it points ANYWHERE my finger points. Simple but effective. Red LED light. I keep it strapped to a crossmember under the panel when not in use. Photos:

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