Map light guidance

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Driver170
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Map light guidance

Post by Driver170 » 11 Jan 2019, 20:19

Hey guys looking to purchase these items from FDS. Anyone got experience on how to connect these up and what components i need.

Thanks
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Re: Map light guidance

Post by Aussie1234 » 11 Jan 2019, 22:53

Wow, $139 each! plus the dimmer.

They do look nice though.

Out of interest: I made the two Map lights that I use, out of 2 inch pop up sprinkler heads. Just removed the guts, installed a 5 volt focussed LED torch head, painted them grey and bent up a U shaped bracket. They are above my head so I only see the face of them.
Would have cost $10 each plus a bit of time. I used a $10 dimmer from a lighting shop that is used to dim that LED flexible strip. I don't have a photo of the finished item but this is the type of sprinkler head I used.

https://www.amazon.com/CHAMPION-IRRIGAT ... B002YISY2W

I connected them to my regular lighting bus.


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Re: Map light guidance

Post by Nick737 » 12 Jan 2019, 12:20

Hello,
I received a set of these with the two 12v dimmers and the two IBL Map light sill plates all from FDS as a Christmas gift from my wife last year.

Yes they are a bit expensive but they are accurate looking, to scale and solid, they function very nicely casting a good amount of light even when on half power, the dimmers will dim down to nearly off (stays very slightly lit on full dim, but not bothersome or noticeable during dark night flights) and up to quite bright to read maps or whatever else you may need to see.

They are very well made and come with metal plates to support the mounting of the lights in the overhead eyebrow windows.

They were pretty straightforward and easy to install. I ran 12volts from my phidgets relay card to the dimmers first and from there up to the map lights.

If you have the money for these I highly recommend them they look really nice in my flightdeck.

Kind regards,

Nick

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Re: Map light guidance

Post by Driver170 » 12 Jan 2019, 20:11

Thanks guys. Not very electrical minded here! Hoping someone has a guide on the layout and how it all connects. Been hearing all sorts and different ways.

Also is this the correct Phidgets card
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Re: Map light guidance

Post by Driver170 » 21 Mar 2019, 11:32

Guys is it safe to use 22 gauge LED wire even for the power supply?
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Re: Map light guidance

Post by Lapi » 21 Mar 2019, 13:32

Driver170 wrote:
21 Mar 2019, 11:32
Guys is it safe to use 22 gauge LED wire even for the power supply?
No way.
I was silly enough and did that couple of years ago, and I was very lucky because only one bunch started burning once.

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Re: Map light guidance

Post by Driver170 » 21 Mar 2019, 14:14

Lapi wrote:
21 Mar 2019, 13:32
Driver170 wrote:
21 Mar 2019, 11:32
Guys is it safe to use 22 gauge LED wire even for the power supply?
No way.
I was silly enough and did that couple of years ago, and I was very lucky because only one bunch started burning once.

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Steve Cos at FDS said to use 22 gauge low amp
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Re: Map light guidance

Post by mickc » 21 Mar 2019, 14:18

22ga wire is good for 3 amps. Being LED, those maplights will draw nowhere near that.
If they were OEM incandescent ones, then yes you would need heavier cable.

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Re: Map light guidance

Post by Driver170 » 27 Apr 2019, 21:00

Just an update guys i made the order
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