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Old 01-01-2009, 04:49 PM
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Question Train lights or plane landing gear lights?

I remember talking to a guy whose "friend" supposedly worked at an airport as a mechanic and used the front landing gear light off of a 747 for a headlight on his motorcycle

Ive been wanting to add some BRIGHT off road lights and thought that a plane landing gear light or a couple from a train would work well, but how BIG are they, how many volts do they require, what about amperage draw also?

i know KC style lights are cheap and bright but how cool would it be to be the brightest truck on the block! we have loudest (exhaust & train horns), smokiest, tallest, etc but brightest? hehehehe
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Most Aircraft lights work off 28VDC, not sure about the amps, and are way too bright to run on road.
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At my work we sell pritty bad ### HID lights. They are used as the main lights that are mounted to the bow on some of the more agile coast guard boats, rescue and pilot boats. There a sealed unit that with a bracket to mount on a flat surface and are about 8"x8"x8". They have been running them for years and have stood up to alot of abuse and salt water with no problem.


The coast guard use two lights per boat and they draw very little amps like 5amps i belive once there working and are extremly bright. They have no problem lighting up 5miles of water and have a very wide beam too. You can see the light they produce from over 40 miles away. They are around $650 each. We also have a smaller version thats about 3x5" light that are HID sealed unit too and will hands down over light any other aftermarket lights, kc ect.. I plan on putting 2 behind my grill with the other lights
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im also looking at an A pillar spotlight like on police cars, would be ALOT easier than havin a friend hold the light while you draw a bead. hehe

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and are way too bright to run on road.
guess you missed the part where i said off road LOL

i know ANY of these options arent DOT approved and am not plannin on using on DOT roads.

how hard would it be to come up with 28VDC?
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you'd need a type of step up transformer on the truck to bring it from 12V to 28V.
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guess you missed the part where i said off road LOL
I'm blind in one eye and can't see with the the other
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I'm blind in one eye and can't see with the the other
u sound like me but its my ears.
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im also looking at an A pillar spotlight like on police cars, would be ALOT easier than havin a friend hold the light while you draw a bead. hehe


guess you missed the part where i said off road LOL

i know ANY of these options arent DOT approved and am not plannin on using on DOT roads.

how hard would it be to come up with 28VDC?
Just get some night vision goggles, then the DNR won't find you....
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On my truck, I have an old set of PIAA 80 pro/xt driving lights, I bought a 55W H3 HID kit for them. I use them on desolated back roads, they are like daylight in a can.
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You'll be better off just finding some bright 12V lights than trying to get cute with the wiring and transformers required to rig up an aircraft light.
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