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Creating/adding LED strips

By ibjames

4 years ago

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    #1 4 years ago

    Hey Everyone,

    New to the scene here, was wondering if anyone has bought LED strips and added them to their game themselves? I'm not talking about buying them from a pinball site, I'm talking about buying them from a place like and then making the strips yourself and adding them to your game.

    I would like to do the inside and outside of the cabinet but don't want to pay the prices on some of these sites for their kits. Any suggestions?

    #2 4 years ago

    It is very possible to do. The biggest challenge you will find is that the GI on a pinball machine is 6.3V AC. Most of the LEDs there are 12V DC or 24V DC.

    There is 12VDC available in most machines but it may not be enough if you are planning on a lot of lights and it may not be in the location you want it. the best solution is to add a 12V DC power supply to the bottom of the cab. link » 12v 5a 60w Power Supply Ac To Dc Adapter For 5050 3528 Flexible Led Strip Light

    Something like that works or you can hit your local thrift stores to see what you can find.

    I wire them in after the switch and before the transformer so that they have clean AC and turn off with the machine.

    #3 4 years ago

    Of course for a few dollars, you can add 6.3V strips that tie into your GI, as well as your controlled inserts.

    Might cost you $10-$20 more then 12V but save your time and work otherwise.

    #4 4 years ago

    You want to do inside and outside??
    If you mean undercab lighting then yes do it your self and save money. For the inside regular sites have descent enough pricing. at least Comet and Titan to not bother reinventing the wheel to save a few bucks.
    The other sites not pinball specific will likely be 12v automotive based or not fully rectified and will look like crap or will not work at all.

    I would start at comet myself.

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