A great way to mount overhead lights that are
really effective, low cost and easy to install.
See pics of my CSOB
Cockpit Overhead LED Lights HERE.
These lights are pretty common headband lights available from Wal~Mart, Home
Depot and Ebay. Prices range from $9 to $17 each.
Powered by AAA batteries so no big deal if
they get left on and no connections to ship's power.
Here is another lighting mod that taps into
the overhead light with a string of high intensity LEDs
Just source yourself some high intensity red
LEDs from your favorite electronics store and place them into LED holder
fixtures. Solder them in series, connect an appropriate resistor and connect to
the overhead lighting voltage source and ground.
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Here is another variation on the overhead LED
light theme done by CSOB Greg G.
Looks like a great CSOB cockpit lighting
solution and having the red LED light in the same unit is a great bonus. Way to
Here is Greg's narrative:
My early V35A doesn't have any overhead light besides the dome
lamp over the rear seats so I'd been on the lookout for something that could
illuminate my clipboard better than turning on the dome light, turning up the
panel lighting to 11 and/or clenching a flashlight between my teeth. Used a clip
on book light for awhile but it didn't quite work out as well as I'd hoped.
I bought an inexpensive headlamp from a sporting goods chain a
few months ago. Turns out it's a later version of the one Mike Caban used to
supplement his overhead light, made by Dorcy. One big difference is the current
version has both a *very* bright white LED, but also has a more standard
brightness *red* LED. Uses 3 AAA batteries in a cassette.
What I've done is to mount the headlamp using 'industrial
strength Velcro' to the near-vertical surface just aft of the overhead eyeball
vents. Folded up, it nests up between the vents; folded down, it's aimed right
at the clipboard mounted on my dual yoke and the red LED is a near perfect
brightness. The two minor changes I made were (1) removing the hinge screw and
turning the forehead piece 180 degrees to improve the fit, and (2) scraping off
the thin black closed cell foam pad.
The velcro applied to the headlamp is on the side that is
meant to be against one's forehead... that's been turned 180 degrees.
HERE for the link to the $23 Dorcy LED light Greg used.