Luma Technologies (Booth No. 3675) has received FAA parts manufacturer approval for its Lumatech LED caution/warning panels available for most recent models of King Airs fitted with classic, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 and Garmin G1000 avionics. The units cost is between $14,000 and $20,000, according to Luma president Bruce Maxwell.
Lumatech systems can be installed as standalone or as a complement to modern glass panel systems. Lumatech panels are available in six separate sizes for King Airs and are designed as a one for one drop-in for the existing incandescent units. Maxwell said the average installation takes three hours. Luma also makes replacement LED annunciator/warning panels for re-engined Beechjets and is working on systems for Cessna Citation CJs, Caravans, Dassault Falcons and helicopters.
The LED-based Lumatech systems offer significant advantages over the incandescent lamps that they replace. “The existing design is well known for their low operational life and problematic cap/lampholder assemblies,” according to the company, “on King Air and other aircraft fitted with the iconic ‘press to relamp’ annunciator styles dating to the late 1960s and 1970s.” LEDs not only look more modern, especially when matched with glass cockpits, but run much cooler and last much longer than incandescent lamp systems.
“I cringe every time I see a photo of a beautiful new glass cockpit overshadowed by those same old annunciators,” said Maxwell. “It’s like changing your oil, but not the filter. It just doesn’t make sense.”