(Topic ID: 214068)

BSD. To led, or not to led: that is the question. With poll!


By newtoit

1 year ago



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“Which lighting do you prefer on BSD”

  • Blue led 11 votes
    17%
  • White led 32 votes
    51%
  • Incandescent 14 votes
    22%
  • Rainbow 6 votes
    10%

(63 votes)

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#1 1 year ago

I am in the process of dressing up a neglected BSD. I'm going to strip it down clean it up then dress it nice.

Blacked out cab legs and armor
New cab decals

All Titan red rubbers and posts
Black lighting flippers with red Superbands
Inner cabinet side decals

I need some ideas for the lighting.
I love the blue leds but it's a little too much.
I've seen added spotlights above the slings and like those.
I've seen pinstadium lights but it's so damn expensive.
And I also like keeping some pins original, like my funhouse.
But I was thinking of doing the main G.I. warm white. Op Max bulbs from Comet (my personal favorite) or maybe natural white?
How do you think a blue under apron light with a blue spotlight mounted on both slingshots, and probably a couple other blue spotlights, one to the castle and one in the far back left.

Please post pictures of yours or your favorite looking BSD's. Here are some of my favorite BSD's.

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#2 1 year ago

Here's my favorite lighting schemes.

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#3 1 year ago
Quoted from newtoit:

But I was thinking of doing the main G.I. warm white.

Yes

Quoted from newtoit:

Here's my favorite lighting schemes.

No.

#4 1 year ago

No color gi.

#5 1 year ago

IMO color GI looks particularly bad on BSD. Lots of different opinions though... I'm sure someone thinks my game looks bad. I prefer the brightness of LED with more retro look of WW.

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#6 1 year ago

Warm White in the GI. With very few exceptions, color in the GI ends up looking like crap and “washing out” the colors on the playfield. I guess if your playfield’s in terrible shape and you want to obscure that, color GI could make sense.

Cool white is also a poor GI choice for most games, unless you love antiseptic fluorescent lighting. Warm white is as close to the original bulbs as currently possible, meaning that the playfield will look more or less as intended by the artist (though brighter). Exception is “sci-fi” themes like DM and IM, which can look good with cool white GI.

For inserts, color matching works pretty well, as white can wash out the colors (since LEDs are generally brighter than incandescents).

Of course it’s all subjective, and at least you’re not permanently destroying your machine if you light it like a college dorm room. Just be aware that the majority of buyers aren’t going to share your taste and will view your “creative” LED job as worth less than if the game was still incandescents, since they’ll have to spend $100 and a couple of hours undoing your work.

#8 1 year ago

Friends don't let friends color thier G.I.

#9 1 year ago
Quoted from MMP:

IMO color GI looks particularly bad on BSD. Lots of different opinions though... I'm sure someone thinks my game looks bad. I prefer the brightness of LED with more retro look of WW.

Looks good except I like cool whites.

#10 1 year ago

IMO sometimes color GI is BETTER. BSD is one where it looks good if you are going for a "spooky" feel.
The very bright BSD above loses that feel IMHO.

I personally prefer to keep much of the GI as incandescent bulbs because they still don't really have an LED that gives me the exact same look. Adding in color, trying to make sure I don't color bomb the artwork on plastics, etc. It takes a lot of trial and error to get a game just right in my experience. You think something might be a good fit -> change the bulb -> if it doesn't work try another or swap it back.

A small number of colored bulbs can have a pretty big impact.

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#11 1 year ago

I just picked up a Dracula. For fun I threw on some uv strip lighting I got from mi pinball refinery. He isn't selling them any more, but it really gave Dracula a nice look. The playfield didn't wash out like some games and the white on the buildings and graves really looked good. I would post a picture, but cameras only pick up the uv and it will just look purple.

#12 1 year ago

Total disagreement on color GI for bsd. I also tried the color strip under the graveyard and it looked like ass to me. I chose to paint my models and add a ww spotlight.

To each his own but IMO the only reason for using color is if you have faded plastics on a game that need boosting. Even then just buy new plastics.

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#13 1 year ago

I need to analyze my BSD. I set up all LED's with Prototype plastics. Got New Ramps and Plastics an need to revisit.

JUST DON'T DO PURPLE

#14 1 year ago

I bought a bunch of NOS GE bulbs to do mine with and couldn't be more happy with the results. Kind of looks just like it did when it left the factory. Wouldn't want to do anything to ruin that effect.

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#15 1 year ago

The pictures make it look darker than it actually is. Comet ice blue frosted down below with Comet sunlight frosted up top. I, personally, would not go darker than ice blue.

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#16 1 year ago

Only you will know how much blue, if any, you will like in your game.
Your eyes, your family, your lighting. (Playing in Dark thread)

Personally, after a couple dozen BSD with People, the compromise from most has been Some blue in GI. Adding White next to it can add flavor.
I also prefer Ice Blue, over reg. Blue.
Fortunately, its only a $20 (est) gamble to craft any Blue Look.

#17 1 year ago

most games dont look right with color in GI, my BSD i did mostly blue, with some purple. i like it. play around with it and see how you like it. normally i only do frosted warm or cool depending on the color of the game.

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