There's also the issue of back scatter in actual IMC (not specifically pertinent here but figure I will mention it here for the sake of someone who might have to do a let down through IMC some time) which can reduce visibility. That's one reason why a lot of training for ILS operations (especially the CAT II and CAT III varieties) involves leaving the landing lights off until the runway environment is in sight.So if you're going to do them, put 'em out on the wingtip or some other location where even the side-scatter can't reflect off the prop back into your eyes.
Landing lights in the cowl have a far shorter life than in the leading edge. The vibration fatigues the filament. As a mechanic that used to look after several flight school airplanes, most with the light in the cowl and a few in the wing, I was forever changing the cowl-mounted lights. If I was building an airplane I would avoid the cowl mount altogether.You mention installing it/them in the wing. From my experience, just as many aircraft install a landing light in the nose under the engine. Greater risk of stone chip damage, but I feel it has a greater chance of providing useful illumination in that location. Also shorter wiring runs, less chance of compromising the strength of the wing, etc, etc. And it is a decision that is easier to reverse if you don't like it.
Just my 2c.
... What I would do
... go on and install the bay for the landing light
... run conduit from the root to the bay and from the root to the wingtip
... install the basic frame for the landing light and the cover nutplates
... make a blind cover instead of the plex one.
... Drill the panel for the breakers and switches
... In the event you decide to add the lights, you are only down a few hours to install
... It will cost you a little bit of weight
Night flying is some of the nicest flying. I haven't done it for a long time, not being at the flight school anymore and have a day/VFR-only airplane now, but I really enjoyed the trips I took at night.I say install your 'landing lights' but don't use them! :think:
I love flying at night. The scenery is often really cool, there's usually less traffic and it's usually easier to spot. Flying at night is one of the few times where I feel any of the "magic" of flying that people talk about that makes them want to fly.Night flying is some of the nicest flying. I haven't done it for a long time, not being at the flight school anymore and have a day/VFR-only airplane now, but I really enjoyed the trips I took at night.
Probably the worst possible place. Nosewheels really get the worst of it on rough ground, and they do tend to shimmy sometimes. The Cessna nosewheel pant is the one that you can' find, because they're all shaken to bits.As far as mounting location, I've even seen one design that had landing lights mounted in the nose of the wheelpant.
They were in the pants for the mains. I agree though that impact jarring and vibration can be worse there than in the wing.Probably the worst possible place. Nosewheels really get the worst of it on rough ground, and they do tend to shimmy sometimes. The Cessna nosewheel pant is the one that you can' find, because they're all shaken to bits.