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Thread: Instrument and Panel Lighting Options

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    Default Instrument and Panel Lighting Options

    Quote Originally Posted by kevbot View Post
    https://www.shortwingpiperclub.org/s...oulder-lights/

    These LEDs pop right into the Piper shoulder lights and are way better than stock. Attached pic is new LED on the pilot side and stock on the copilot side. For regular night flying I would highly recommend also upgrading to LED nav/position and landing/taxi lights
    Be careful with LED drop-in bulbs. The Piper electrical system is pretty sensitive to electrical noise. Even with clean grounds and a double shielded antenna wire I have radio interference caused by my LED drop-ins. Iíve switched them back to incandescent bulbs until I can rewire the wings with shielded wire.

    EDIT: Just clarifying that the interference was caused by my LED drop-ins for the position lights - Iíve got no experience with the ones that SWPC is selling.
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    Default Re: Instrument and Panel Lighting Options

    I've actually experienced a "reversed" noise issue with the LED's in the over the shoulder lights. Took a while to figure it out but when I click my push-to-talk button, the light over my should would light up very dimly. You could only see it if it was very dark out. Caused a lot of head scratching. Turned out that the radio antenna was close enough (mounted on the wing root covers) or the antenna wire routed by the light wire, that the LED bulb would produce light when I transmit. As it takes a lot more juice to power an incandescent than an LED, it was never an issue with the old bulbs. If I transmit on Com 2 (on the other wing root) the LED on that side lights.
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    Default Re: Instrument and Panel Lighting Options

    Quote Originally Posted by smcnutt View Post
    I've actually experienced a "reversed" noise issue with the LED's in the over the shoulder lights. Took a while to figure it out but when I click my push-to-talk button, the light over my should would light up very dimly. You could only see it if it was very dark out. Caused a lot of head scratching. Turned out that the radio antenna was close enough (mounted on the wing root covers) or the antenna wire routed by the light wire, that the LED bulb would produce light when I transmit. As it takes a lot more juice to power an incandescent than an LED, it was never an issue with the old bulbs. If I transmit on Com 2 (on the other wing root) the LED on that side lights.
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    Default Re: Instrument and Panel Lighting Options

    I would hope your LEDs are dimmable as I really hate bright lights when Iím flying at night disturbing my night vision And degrading my vision outside



    Quote Originally Posted by kevbot View Post
    https://www.shortwingpiperclub.org/s...oulder-lights/

    These LEDs pop right into the Piper shoulder lights and are way better than stock. Attached pic is new LED on the pilot side and stock on the copilot side. For regular night flying I would highly recommend also upgrading to LED nav/position and landing/taxi lights

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    Default Re: Instrument and Panel Lighting Options

    I am also using the LED lights in the "shoulder lights" and as long as there is a regular incandescent light bulb in the circuit, they are dimmable.

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    Default Re: Instrument and Panel Lighting Options

    I get one of those gold rapper necklaces and hook one of these $2. harbor freight ironman lights onto it so it rests on my chest, lights the whole panel up soft red.. and I look really cool wearing it LOL

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    Default Re: Instrument and Panel Lighting Options

    Quote Originally Posted by SMO22 View Post
    I get one of those gold rapper necklaces and hook one of these $2. harbor freight ironman lights onto it so it rests on my chest, lights the whole panel up soft red.. and I look really cool wearing it LOL
    Pretty Pimpin' if you ask me.....

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