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  1. #1

    taxi lights and strobes

    Here is a partial clip from the BAC post about taxi lights. Seems fairly straightforward to me, but I wrote it. If you'll let me know what was unclear about it, I'll be glad to change the wording.


    <These planes were certified with optional taxi lights, in both wings. A large percentage of them came from Beech with a single-pole, double-throw, center-off switch, labeled "Landing", "Off", and "Taxi". They also had the taxi light wiring pre-installed in both wings. If you have the wiring and switch, it is a simple matter to add the left wing taxi light.

    While they are listed as different part numbers, there is no difference between the single-light intercostal and double-light intercostal except the second hole and retainer. Same metal, same dimensions, etc. A decent metalworker can easily add the second hole and place the fasteners (I seem to recall they are floating clip-nuts). You buy the bulb retainer (PN 169-110000-235, $24), install the taxi light bulb, and connect the wire. For next to no expense, you have a taxi light and back-up landing light. All that should be required are complete logbook entries for the installation, as it was a factory option.

    You can also have the right wing taxi light installed, though it will cost more. You have to buy both the intercostal (PN 169-364017-4, $45) and the retainer, plus the lens (PN 169-110000-237, $30 and lens retainer (PN 169-110000-239, $116). You also need the small standard hardware. Beech offered a combined retainer-lens assembly (PN 169-110000-247, $550), but it was exorbitantly expensive. All these parts are still available from Beech. The intercostal, the most specialized and critical piece, seems like a relative bargain in today's parts world. The retainer could easily be field-fabricated, and the lenses are available from PMA suppliers. If you are lucky, you can probably find a good retainer with lens from a salvage yard, though most have cracks due to being over-tightened.>

    There is also a BAC posting on "wingtip strobes", and another Q&A on "strobe lights".

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Kerry Muller
    Sent: Monday, April 25, 2005 12:48 PM

    I've searched the archives about this but still a little confused. I
    want to add the taxi light to the left side on my 75 C23. RAPID has
    what I believe is the right intercostal - 169-364017-4. Is there
    another part # which is the mirror image for the left side but with 2
    holes, or do I have to remove the left one and drill out another hole
    for the bulb retainer?

    Looks like I have wires attached to the on-off-on light switch, so I
    think I have the wires in the wings.

    Also, while at the same time I was thinking of adding wingtip strobes.
    Any recommendations? Any of them piggyback on the nav wires, or will
    I need to run wires and install a switch and breaker for the strobes?

    Thanks for any help
    Kerry
    N6629R

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  2. #2

    taxi lights and strobes

    Mike has done his usual excellent job of answering, but I'd add that
    if you want to put in strobes, stay with the wiring that the STC
    calls for. Not doing this can result in radio noise or worse. If
    not under an STC, the FSDO inspectors should ask you for an
    electrical loads analysis to show that your mechanic knows what wire
    and gauge to use, that the circuit breaker can support the load, etc.
    Bob
    A&P
    --- In musketeermail@yahoogroups.com, "Mike Rellihan"
    <rellihan@r...> wrote:
    > Here is a partial clip from the BAC post about taxi lights. Seems
    fairly straightforward to me, but I wrote it. If you'll let me know
    what was unclear about it, I'll be glad to change the wording.
    >
    >
    > <These planes were certified with optional taxi lights, in both
    wings. A large percentage of them came from Beech with a single-
    pole, double-throw, center-off switch, labeled "Landing", "Off",
    and "Taxi". They also had the taxi light wiring pre-installed in
    both wings. If you have the wiring and switch, it is a simple matter
    to add the left wing taxi light.
    >
    > While they are listed as different part numbers, there is no
    difference between the single-light intercostal and double-light
    intercostal except the second hole and retainer. Same metal, same
    dimensions, etc. A decent metalworker can easily add the second hole
    and place the fasteners (I seem to recall they are floating clip-
    nuts). You buy the bulb retainer (PN 169-110000-235, $24), install
    the taxi light bulb, and connect the wire. For next to no expense,
    you have a taxi light and back-up landing light. All that should be
    required are complete logbook entries for the installation, as it
    was a factory option.
    >
    > You can also have the right wing taxi light installed, though it
    will cost more. You have to buy both the intercostal (PN 169-364017-
    4, $45) and the retainer, plus the lens (PN 169-110000-237, $30
    and lens retainer (PN 169-110000-239, $116). You also need the small
    standard hardware. Beech offered a combined retainer-lens assembly
    (PN 169-110000-247, $550), but it was exorbitantly expensive. All
    these parts are still available from Beech. The intercostal, the
    most specialized and critical piece, seems like a relative bargain
    in today's parts world. The retainer could easily be field-
    fabricated, and the lenses are available from PMA suppliers. If you
    are lucky, you can probably find a good retainer with lens from a
    salvage yard, though most have cracks due to being over-tightened.>
    >
    > There is also a BAC posting on "wingtip strobes", and another Q&A
    on "strobe lights".
    >
    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: Kerry Muller
    > Sent: Monday, April 25, 2005 12:48 PM
    >
    > I've searched the archives about this but still a little
    confused. I
    > want to add the taxi light to the left side on my 75 C23. RAPID
    has
    > what I believe is the right intercostal - 169-364017-4. Is
    there
    > another part # which is the mirror image for the left side but
    with 2
    > holes, or do I have to remove the left one and drill out another
    hole
    > for the bulb retainer?
    >
    > Looks like I have wires attached to the on-off-on light switch,
    so I
    > think I have the wires in the wings.
    >
    > Also, while at the same time I was thinking of adding wingtip
    strobes.
    > Any recommendations? Any of them piggyback on the nav wires, or
    will
    > I need to run wires and install a switch and breaker for the
    strobes?
    >
    > Thanks for any help
    > Kerry
    > N6629R
    >
    > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]





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  3. #3

    taxi light

    Mike

    I have the on-off-on switch in my A/C but don't know about the wimg wiring. How can I tell? Also, what about using a loPresti Boom Beam in place of the taxi light? Low current draw, long life, brighter light?

    Thanx

    Tom Kinstler

  4. #4

    taxi light

    Mike

    checked under panel today and upper postion of landing light switch has wire w/ blue band

    Lower position of switch has similar-looking wire w/ yellow band. The yellow banded wire goes off into a wire bundle, so I can't see if it goes out into the wing. If the factory coiled and bundled that taxi light wire somewhere so it wouldn't be loose, do you know where they may have "capped" it off?

    Thanx

    Tom Kinstler

    Thanx

    Tom

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