Quoted from Soulrider911:
Also visited cointaker, theybhave kits as well but are super cheap ? Which made me a little hesistsnt, but I know they make a great product
Yeah actually, they DON'T make a great product, which is why I don't understand why people keep buying their product. Every single time I run into Cointaker crap, it falls apart in my hands. I cannot get their 44's into or out of a tight socket without the LED breaking free of the body. It's ONLY theirs, and it's a problem my wife and I have had repeatedly. Every time I buy a game and it has LEDs and they bust when getting removed for cleaning...sure enough the "CT Stamp of Quality" on the body..
And before someone gets all butthurt and uppity, this is not an isolated incident by far. I've had it happen with things I ordered from them, I've had it happen with UV lamps I bought from them on the floor of Texas Pinball Festival, and I've had it happen with LEDs that have come in games I've purchased from other collectors.. it's quite baffling to me, it's been a problem I've had with their product for over 5 years, and I just don't have the heart to ask for a refund of 80 cents or whatever. I just don't buy their product, and if at all possible I don't take a game being LED'ed into price consideration if it's got their product in it...because I know I'll be replacing it.
My preference by far is Comet, but I've used NiftyLED and PinballBulbs too..
Quoted from Nokoro:
When do people choose frosted over non frosted? When would you choose a flat head vs. a rounded dome? When would you chose a faceted look vs. smooth?
Frosted - If the bulb is visible from player perspective it helps to tone it down. Frankly, I buy *all* frosted and then pop off the tops if I want to use them for inserts.
Flat vs. Rounded - Rounded will have less light thrown to the side and more towards the tip of the lamp. Again...frosted is the way to go IMO, and if you pop the white cap off...guess what...you've got a flat head SMD LED now.
Faceted vs. Smooth - I can't really think of a single reason to pay the premium for the faceted ones. The point is again, it changes the directions the light travels and faceted are supposed to be a more even coverage out the sides. I don't personally buy it, I've owned the faceted ones with round tops from mulitple companies..I'd rather just have...wait for it....frosted.