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Black Hole external mod idea

By DumbRecords

2 years ago

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#1 2 years ago

Hello all, my first attempt at a post here on this wonderful site that I've been lurking around for a few years now. I run a diy music, art, coffee, and pinball spot, which is pretty much just putting all my hobbies together for my community to enjoy.

I'm thinking about a project to attempt later this year. I want to buy Black Hole and setup some black curtains around it to create a dark ambience, setup up a black light shining on the machine which could highlight stars or other designs I've painted on the black curtains as well as uv hi-lites on the machine itself, glo balls, paint hi-lites, etc.

My big question is, I haven't researched the schematics for black hole, but I thought it would be cool if I could hook up some led strips that would be mounted to the curtain around the machine to create a lighted tunnel effect when the relay activates for the lower playfield lighting.

I also thought in addition to some lighting effects if I could also trigger a fan mounted to the top of the machine too, similar to whirlwind, which I think would pair well to the wind-like sound effect that happens when you're on the lower playfield. I'm not sure how hard it would be to trigger those actions from a relay or whatever activates the lights on the lower playfield.

Thanks for any input! I have some years of experience of working on pinball machines although I wouldn't call myself an expert. I've also owned one gottlieb system 80 so far (Genesis) so I have a little bit of an idea on the type of fiddling I might need to do for black hole, although as usual with all my projects I'm probably being too optimistic

#3 2 years ago

Thanks for the idea! Really appreciate someone taking the time to read all my silliness and propose something. I get more excited about this project idea by the day, unfortunately it will take a while to refill my fun money budget after my last recent pinball purchase, so this project won't probably happen until late summer or fall.

While I was researching this idea, I stumbled across another product that I think might be a more elegant and less intrusive solution for what I'm trying to do:


This thing will solve for power consumption and as a trigger in the way I had hoped, and I shouldn't have to modify the electronics in the machine at all. It uses a light sensor, which is perfect for me as I basically wanted my led strips and fans to trigger off the lower playfield GI. Plus I can use LED strips and fans that run off 12v so this shouldn't hard at all to pull off.

I'll be sure to add more comments to this thread whenever I start my project, and hopefully before the year is up I'll have a video to share of the experience, assuming I'm able to pull it off.

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