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PWI's LEDs to light up more business aviation cabins
LEDs manufactured by PWI run at a much lower heat, so no more burned fingers, according to president and CEO Robi Lorik. The bulbs use 99 per cent less power than their incandescent counterparts.

PWI is continuing to expand the use of its LED lighting products after the FAA announced the approval of three PMA (Parts Manufacturing Approval) parts for use in additional aircraft types.

The FAA has permitted the LED no smoking/seat belt light for use in Pilatus PC-12, PC-12, 45 and PC-12-47 aircraft. The LED no smoking/seat belt light lasts up to 100,000 hours. It also requires less power and operates at a cooler temperature, which reduces warping and discolouration of the placard. This same LED lighting upgrade has already been certified for use in Beechcraft King Air models 90, 200, B200, B250, 300, 350, B300, 1900 and 1900C aircraft.

The FAA has also approved the use of the 1495 bulb replacement LED reading light in the following aircraft: Beechcraft King Air B200T, B200CT, Beechcraft Premier Jet 390 and Beechcraft 1900, 1900C, Cessna Citation III model 650 and the Bombardier Learjet 31, 35, 36 and 55.

Additionally the FAA approved the use of the 1308 LED replacement reading light in Beechcraft King Air C90, C90A, C90GT, E90, 250, B200, B200C, B200T, B200CT, B200GT, B200CGT, Citation 650 and Learjet models 35, 36 and 60, 60XR.

Lastly, the FAA also approved the 303x reading light for use in the Learjet 35, 36 and 55.

“Our replacement LED reading lights are an important benefit for plane owners,” says Robi Lorik, president and CEO of PWI. “In addition to the very long service life, our LEDs run at a much lower heat, so no more burned fingers. And they run at less than 10 volts and draw less than 0.05 amps, which is vital in critical situations when the battery may be weak.”

All three LED reading light upgrades improve existing lighting by operating at a lower temperature while using 1 per cent of the power that incandescent bulbs require. That means that the engines are not driving the generators, lowering fuel consumption and wear-and-tear in turboprops. These LED upgrades also provide 100,000 hours of operating life while furnishing a warm, welcoming cabin atmosphere. PWI LED reading lights are already PMA approved for use in more in more than 50 different aircraft including single engine piston planes, turboprops and jets.

Established in 1963, PWI has grown from constructing coil winding and magnetometers to designing electrical assemblies, electronics, contract manufacturing and magnetometers. PWI also specialises in producing a diverse range of customised aviation lighting, including fluorescent and LED. PWI is an FAA approved repair station and is FAR 145 certified. Aviation products can be purchased through its growing authorised dealer network.

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