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Oct 05, 2004, 11:40 AM
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What’s the best configuration/locations for flying in low/no light conditions?

Which products work best?

Has anyone tried these (also shown below):

Please post a photo and info.


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Oct 05, 2004, 12:29 PM
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I put curtek lights on my SA G-Ride last build. Let me find the pictures...

Ah here, i posted installation and a pic of them in the dark in my g-ride build thread, found here:
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Oct 05, 2004, 04:38 PM
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I've seen those little self contained lights used on a Tiger Moth at the club field. We were flying shortly after sunset, before it got really dark. With one of those little lights on each wingtip, the plane was pretty easy to see. They looked nice and probably helped the pilot with orientation, but I'm not sure they would have been enough to allow flying the plane at midnight.

I was flying a Tipsy with 4 "superbright" LEDS, two below the wing and two above. Again, the lights help with orientation at dusk, but are not enough to allow true night flying.
Oct 05, 2004, 04:42 PM
Does anyone hear a cat?
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I was able to fly my plane in full darkness with 4 LED's -- red/green on wingtips, blue strobe mid-wing on bottom, white strobe on tail tip. 2 ultrabright led's on a switch on my tx gave me landing lights and provided extra help with orientation should i get confused. Takes some practice but 4 lights is enough to do it... you just need to place them well.
Oct 06, 2004, 07:05 PM
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is that a Widget from DWE ??

looks like a video cam -- which vendor ??

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Oct 19, 2004, 08:16 PM
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Here are the best prices for bright led's I've seen-

There are 1/8 resistors that go along with it.

The light with the battery sounds great! no running wires around!
Oct 20, 2004, 08:43 AM
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My Moth has well over 100 flights and 75% of those have been made after the sun went down. I used a Curtek system and I love it. I have a red & a green LED on the lower wing pointing up at the top wing and a blinking red on the tail plus a white "landing" light in the cowl. Even at 300-400' up it is pretty easy to keep oriantation, there are times that I turn on the landing light to get a better idea of what she is doing. This is my seconde attempt at lighted flight and I learned allot from the first try, haveing the led's shine on the bottom of the top wing is the ticket.


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