Zenith Light Upgrade Kits
Duckworks Aviation is proud to supply upgrades to the standard Zenith sealed beam 4509 lights. These can improve lighting, reduce operational recurring costs and improve bulb life.
From round PAR-36 enclosures that allow you to use the Halogen lamp of your choice (55W or 100W), to the extremely bright yet low power draw 35W HID, these options will definitely improve your lighting capabilities.
Light Bulb and Kit Options
These pictures show the 100W std light next to our 35W HID. Notice not just the brightness, but the increased ground coverage (Lance Gingell photos).
Why Do This Retrofit?
Many of these aircraft have a limited alternator output (20A nominal).
A single 100W lamp:
- uses 8A which leaves little power available when the lamp is in use (and precludes using both lamps at once)
- does put out decent light
- can have a limited useful life
Our 35W Low Cost HID PAR-36 Combo:
- is an easy retrofit that will reduce power usage from 8A to 3.2A (making the lamp more usable – in fact – 2 of the 35W lamps use less power than a single 100W)
- provides significantly more light output
- lasts longer than the TBO on your engine
Round HID Retrofits
To order Kits, Lights, or Upgrades by MAIL, go to the Zenith Order Forms on our Ordering Info page.
Please note that we do NOT think the 50W HID is preferred for Zenith. The 35W HID light output is great and coupled with the low power (3 amps) it is the optimum light solution for aircraft with 20A alternators.
We're offering a combination of the Low Cost 35W HID in our Round PAR-36 H3 enclosure at a special Combo price (you save $13). This Round HID lamp fits directly in your existing 4509 mounts for very easy upgrades.
HID Retrofit Instructions
In case you're wondering how difficult the Retrofit is, we've posted the instructions so you can take a look at them.
With the co-location of the Zenith lights, you should only be flashing one lamp. If you alternately flash both, they basically cancel each other out. You could replace one lamp with the HID and continue to flash the remaining light. If you do replace both lamps with HID, you can Flash one of the HID units, but be very sure that you warm up the HID for a full 30 seconds before beginning the Flash. Note that some flashing devices will not successfully flash HID units.
IF you are flashing the 'standard aircraft lamp' and it burns-out too often, replace it with our 100W Round unit. I flashed 2 of these over 300 hours without failure in an RV. You can order these units on our Upgrades page - look for "100W Round Lights".