Industry News

October 2010 Issue

LED Landing Lights: Worth the Expense

These products have multiplied and improved since we last examined them.Top picks are AeroLED’s SunSpot and Whelan Parmetheus.

In case you haven’t noticed, the compact fluorescent bulb—once the darling of the green energy set—is dead meat. It’s soon to be displaced by cheaper, brighter and more efficient light emitting diode technology. The same has happened in automotive lighting and many new light sport aircraft have LED nav and landing lights. Legacy certified aircraft would probably have more LED technology too, if the FAA hadn’t worked so hard to chill the market by raising expensive certification hoops. Nonetheless, a few hardy companies have created LED products—landing and taxi lights and nav lights—for the aftermarket. The market has actually expanded slightly since we last examined these products a year-and-a-half ago.

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