We received a letter from Cirrus asking us to decide on the final options. One of the options listed was a high intensity landing light for $1000. Does anyone have any comments about the value versus cost of this option.
One point of reference may be to compare it to http://www.speedmods.com/boom_beam.htmLoPresti’s Boom Beam. This is a very similar high-intensity light kit, STCed for Bonanzas and Mooneys.
According to Apr 2000 http://www.aopa.org/members/files/pilot/2000/prod0004.html#boombeamAOPA Pilot, the Boom Bean is $699, with an extra $135 for the Mooney installation kit. One would also assume additional charge for installation labor. So it is in the same ballpark as the $1000 kit from Cirrus.
Lopresti offers a 5-year warranty, including bulb burnout. You’d have to check whether the Cirrus light kit carries a similar warranty.
Another point of reference is to compare the cost of the kit vs. the cost of replacing conventional landing lights. A replacement bulb costs approx. $100 from Cirrus, though I’ve also seen them at parts suppliers for as low as $68. So it would only take 10-15 bulbs before you’d reach the cost of the high-intensity one.
Will you go through 10-15 bulbs within 5 years or so? Who knows… Reported landing light life on this forum seems very variable, from 10 hours to 150+. CD also mentioned that even without the high-intensity light, they are changing the landing light mount, so perhaps even the normal lights will last much longer now.
(Of course, from what I’ve heard, the high-intensity light is much brighter – so that’s an additional benefit – maybe it’ll give you a better chance of seeing the deer that always seem to be running around GAI just after dusk!!)