Replace your old incandescent annunciators with reliable LED panels
- Cut maintenance cost to zero
- Eliminate dispatch delays from faulty annunciators
- Add value to your aircraft
- Improve flight safety
Why your old annunciators are obsolete and are costing you money
The annunciators on your aircraft are still using obsolete 1960’s incandescent technology – with up to 136 incandescent light bulbs running red hot in small enclosures. This intense heat means 136 chances for a bulb to suddenly fail – compared to new cool-running LEDs that never burn out.
The high temperature of the incandescent lamps degrades the plastic cap components on your annunciator panels so the assemblies don’t fit properly and break easily. Heat also causes the legends to get fuzzy and to change colour. With age and heat, the legends become harder to read.
Incandescent panels require on-going and sometimes expensive maintenance. Besides sudden death from overheating, the bulbs have fragile filaments, subject to vibration and shock failure. One large fleet operator reported that he had 15 unscheduled caution/warning removals in one year – a significant expense. And every year the maintenance cost of your old incandescent panels goes up. Old annunciators require more repair and replacement parts are getting harder to find and cost more.
When an annunciator panel fails on the ramp it causes a maintenance event and often a dispatch delay. This costs you serious money – all because of a burned out light bulb. And lamp failures are most likely to be discovered just before departure when system test and engine starts can cycle each station multiple times.
The cost of flight safety is difficult to quantify, but common sense says that unreliable, hard-to-read annunciator panels reduce flight safety – and reduced flight safety is the nightmare of all expenses.
How Lumatech Panels save you money and improve safety
LEDs – lifetime reliability
Lumatech annunciators use lifetime LEDs. Old annunciators with incandescent lamps waste 80% of their power generating destructive heat, instead of light. LEDs generate almost no heat, so they can last up to 100,000 hours – virtually the life of the aircraft. And solid state LEDs don’t have a fragile filament to break.
Bright legends – readable in direct sunlight
LEDs provide brighter, more uniform illumination. Each legend is crisp and evenly lit, and the displays are bright enough to read in direct sunlight. The lettering of Lumatech legends is laser sharp and readable. And the letters will never get fuzzy or change colour from heat or age.
Flat panel appearance
Like modern glass cockpit systems, Lumatech Panels have a one-piece flat surface for easy reading. There is no visual clutter – not like your present annunciators with 36 to 48 individual cap assemblies.
For sharper contrast, Lumatech Panels have an anti-reflective coating so they are absolutely dead front when not illuminated. The LEDs for each legend are enclosed to prevent light leakage to adjacent cells. The legends cannot be seen until they are illuminated, so there is no ghosting that can lead to misinterpretation or pilot error.
LED circuits can be designed for greater redundancy. In Lumatech Panels, all LEDs have both series and parallel fail-safe circuits. Even with multiple single point failures, all legends remain brightly illuminated.
Zero maintenance cost
You will never have to replace another light bulb or cap assembly. Your only maintenance will be a dust rag. And we back this up with our full bumper-to-bumper 5-year warranty.
No more dispatch delays from faulty annunciators
Imagine the money you can save with reliable LED caution-warning panels that will never cause a flight delay. Sudden failures are a thing of the past with Lumatechs’ solid-state LEDs and fail-safe circuitry.
Plug and Play installation – no flight tests
Lumatech Panels are STC certified as one for one replacement for most King Air models (see back page). Installation is quick plug-and-play. After installing your new LED panels, just run a quick validation ground test. No flight test is required.
An investment that pays for itself
Lumatech Panels will quickly pay for themselves with direct savings in maintenance costs, fewer dispatch delays, and improved safety. And the initial cost of new Lumatech Panels is low compared to the cost of your present panels (now fully amortized). Also, modern LED Lumatech Panels will add resale value to your aircraft. So why keep wasting money on obsolete annunciators? Start saving money right now with Lumatech Panels.
LumatechTM Panels…as modern and reliable as a glass cockpit
- Damage resistant legend plate The legend plate is moulded of a tough high-density polymer. Won’t deteriorate from age or wear. Even if gouged by a tool, the legends remain readable and easily replaced.
- Saves weight A set of Lumatech caution/warning panels weighs 3 to 4 pounds less than comparable incandescent panels.
- Lowers power consumption Lumatech LED panels draw only 10 to 20 percent as many amps as equivalent incandescent panels.
- Legends easy to update If indicia needs to be updated, the legend plate can be quickly replaced. One week factory turn around.
- Adds resale value – Quick return on investment Lumatech Panels add resale value and a quick return on your investment with direct savings from zero maintenance costs and reduced dispatch delays.
- 5-Year warranty from Luma Technologies If any part fails within 5 years after installation and during normal use, we will repair or replace it at no charge.
Each Lumatech Panel has a calculated MTBF in excess of twenty-five thousand hours. If any panel fails during normal use, Luma will immediately repair or replace it at no charge for five years from the date of installation.