Luma LEDs Offer Long-lasting Panel Lights

 - July 5, 2012, 12:35 AM

For King Air G1000 upgraders, a new option is replacement of the old-style incandescent-lighted caution warning panels with a Luma Technologies LED-based panel. Luma and its sister company Advanced Quality Certifications Group received FAA supplemental type certification for the LED panels on the King Air 200, 300, 350 and 350i in May. The company is adding an STC for the C90 in the first quarter of next year. For the King Air line, airplanes that qualify for the LED panels include those with classic avionics, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 and the recently certified Garmin G1000 upgrades. The LED lamps are much more resistant to shock and vibration and last at least 10 times longer than incandescent lights, which are still installed on new King Airs. “We’re talking to Hawker Beechcraft and others about using Luma’s LED technology across the board,” said president Bruce Maxwell. Luma also provides LED panels for the Nextant 400XT upgrade program.