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Old 06-08-2019, 04:48 PM
flyvans.com flyvans.com is offline
 
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Default cheaper alternative to A500 tail light bulb?

as many others, we have the Whelen A500 combined strobe / nav tail light at the tail.
https://m.aircraftspruce.com/catalog...systema500.php

for the second time already over the years, the navlight bulb (part A508-14) has failed. it comes in at a whopping $60+, even without shipping and handling...

anyone found a cheaper alternative? in the end it looks like a glorified halogen bulb with some legs bent sideways... and it's a harsh environment, so the fail will repeat quite regularly.

wanted to avoid replacing the whole unit / going all led right now as the strobe system (from creativair at the time) and wingtip lights are basically fine, including the tail strobe.

thanks for pointers...

bernie
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Old 06-08-2019, 05:51 PM
jakej jakej is offline
 
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Default Tail light

As you appear to want to go for led lights later why don?t you just replace the tail/strobe with the stand-alone FlyLeds unit, you can use the existing wiring with a small modification at the other end? The added benefit is that the strobe is really bright too.
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Old 06-08-2019, 10:21 PM
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A google search shows this bulb available for around $15.
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