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Video added: NEW! Deluxe SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kit...available soon


By DugFreez

60 days ago



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    #1 60 days ago

    2/25/2019

    I am behind on updating https://speakerlightkits.com/ and adding all the new things I have planned. Some, I have had ready for quite some time and others are brand new. Besides website updates. I also have new install instructions to make as well as refinements on some new acrylic designs and even some international testing to be done on certain products.

    I'm hoping this thread will keep me moving (though, this is one of the busy pinball show seasons for me) and I can post this current crop of additions and news to this topic thread. If interested, you might also want to follow at https://www.facebook.com/speakerlightkits/ as I think I may post some temporary stories and do some live video streaming on there if I can get that figured out.

    In any case, it is almost here. Be prepared to an adventure. Get ready for: Dick's Hatband!

    3/30/2019

    Video added:

    #2 60 days ago

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    #3 59 days ago

    New product! Can’t wait to see some pic’s and video. Hopefully this is a working link to your FB page.
    https://m.facebook.com/speakerlightkits/

    #4 59 days ago
    Quoted from Rock914:

    New product! Can’t wait to see some pic’s and video. Hopefully this is a working link to your FB page.
    https://m.facebook.com/speakerlightkits/

    Thanks for that. I didn't realize pinside wasn't making links unless the http:// part was included.

    #5 59 days ago

    I am looking forward to seeing a lot more acrylic designs.

    #6 59 days ago
    Quoted from PinballManiac40:

    I am looking forward to seeing a lot more acrylic designs.

    I have acrylic designs suitable for The Beatles (or Aerosmith) and The Munsters near completion.

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    #8 58 days ago

    The final push in near...

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    #9 55 days ago

    Video has been posted on my Facebook page. More details will follow.

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    Link to Facebook page where video is posted: https://www.facebook.com/speakerlightkits

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    #10 55 days ago

    Looks like a great fit for the Aerosmith theme!

    #11 54 days ago

    I have another video posted on my Facebook page with Dick's Hatband in a Munsters LE. On this one I have selected mostly white light patters for it to cycle through.

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    Link to Facebook page where video is posted: https://www.facebook.com/speakerlightkits

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    VIDEO ADDED

    #12 54 days ago

    Your videos don't work and the name of the product is horrible.

    #13 54 days ago
    Quoted from Spencer:

    Your videos don't work and the name of the product is horrible.

    The video’s work just fine for me on his FB page https://m.facebook.com/speakerlightkits/ hope this is helpful.

    It is much faster to post videos to FB than YouTube. I do this a lot myself as my time is limited. I would imagine things are similar for Doug.

    The videos are really cool. It is a very interesting product that’s for sure. I like the way the colors blend, nice work Doug.

    #14 51 days ago

    I added a page on my website explaining some of the differences between the Standard and Deluxe SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kits.

    In my opinion the standard is a good choice if you are planning on setting the speaker lights to a static color and leaving them (the RGB controller that is included with my standard Speaker Light Kits have 20 static colors selectable on the remote). Especially if you are looking for a very specific shade of a color (EX: I want my Iron Maiden set to a very specific gold look.....as opposed to a more flat looking yellow). In this case the standard SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kit has a remote where you can create / adjust the color shades and save that specific color to one of it's 6 DIY buttons. It also has a few color transition modes, but they are fairly limited (5 transition modes).

    The Deluxe SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kit uses individually addressable LEDs so specific lights can be lit or unlit, any chosen color at any particular time. Of course this is done by the included RGB remote, but it does offer 7 static colors and 351 different transition modes. Many of these modes are single color chase modes (where only certain SMDs light at specific times), multicolored modes where all 7 colors are used together and also a large selection of 2 color modes (where 2 different colors chase, fade and interact with each other). All and all, it offers a much more impressive light show and allows for more choices on what the speaker lights can do.

    I will also be offering sound activated controllers for the Deluxe SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kits. They still have the issue of the pinball machine making a lot more sounds than just music....so don't expect a 1 to 1 light show with the songs selected on Iron Maiden or Aerosmith. Having said that, it is a way more impressive light show than using a sound activated with the Standard SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kit.....as the individually addressable LEDs allow different SMDs on the light strip to be lit or not and also for the different bulbs to be different colors at the same time. So that makes for a more impressive light show, even if it doesn't match the game's music (and is getting triggered by callouts and coils also). This sound controller also offers non-sound activated light transition modes and an impressive color selection of 50 selectable colors that can be used static or in the various transition modes. The run down on this Deluxe Sound Activated RGB Controller is: 5 sound modes (one of them uses only the 1 of 50 colors you have selected), 6 "rainbow" modes that use 7 different colors (all of these modes are reversible in the direction the light show runs), 5 single color modes, using the 1 of 50 colors that you have selected (3 of these are reversible). This controller also has 5 levels of adjustable brightness, but no speed adjustment on the light transition modes.

    I did a lot of testing of different RGB controllers with these addressable light strips (as well as testing many different light strips and power supplies) and these 2 controllers came out the best overall.

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    #15 38 days ago

    I got this kit the other day and installed it on my Iron Maiden Pro. It is very cool! I have a video I took of it but can't figure out how to post it directly here. I got my kit with the sound-responsive controller so you get all these cool lighting effects in the speaker lights that somewhat respond to the music and sound from the game. I'm just beginning to figure out all the different modes of the RGB controller but so far I think this is one of the best mods, especially for the money! The game looks totally different with lit-up speaker frames.

    I should also mention that Doug is incredibly helpful with the inevitable installation questions I have whenever I install one of these. Even though his instructions were pretty clear, I still ended up going back and forth via email a bit before getting everything to work just right.

    The only thing I would say (and this is minor) is that the round acrylic designs he has that worked so well on the old Stern round speakers don't work quite the same on the new rectangular "honeycomb" speaker grilles. That is a minor nit, though, and I think the game probably looks better with just the unadorned speakers.

    #16 38 days ago
    Quoted from parsonsaj:

    I got this kit the other day and installed it on my Iron Maiden Pro. It is very cool! I have a video I took of it but can't figure out how to post it directly here. I got my kit with the sound-responsive controller so you get all these cool lighting effects in the speaker lights that somewhat respond to the music and sound from the game. I'm just beginning to figure out all the different modes of the RGB controller but so far I think this is one of the best mods, especially for the money! The game looks totally different with lit-up speaker frames.
    I should also mention that Doug is incredibly helpful with the inevitable installation questions I have whenever I install one of these. Even though his instructions were pretty clear, I still ended up going back and forth via email a bit before getting everything to work just right.
    The only thing I would say (and this is minor) is that the round acrylic designs he has that worked so well on the old Stern round speakers don't work quite the same on the new rectangular "honeycomb" speaker grilles. That is a minor nit, though, and I think the game probably looks better with just the unadorned speakers.

    I'm glad everything arrived well and you like the new light kit.

    I'm not usually a fan of the sound activated RGB controllers in pinball machines as the music, callouts and coils all make noise that effects the controller, but with the individual addressable LEDs that the Deluxe SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kits use, using the sound controllers are much more impressive looking than with the Standard SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kits with the normal RGB lights.

    As for the acrylic designs for the SPIKE 2 games, they certainly aren't as easy to mount as the drop in frames I thought up and developed for the Whitestar, SAM and SPIKE 1 games. With Stern designing the new speaker panels with the grills built into them, it really limits options. I do my best to provide what is needed to make them look their best and supply information that I have gathered while mounting different types of designs. I defiantly like some more than others and some of the same designs can look drastically better or worse depending on how they are mounted.

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    #17 34 days ago

    SpeakerLightKits.com Deluxe SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kit now on display at TPF.

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    #18 26 days ago

    Greg from Straight Down The Middle: a pinball show was nice enough to post a video on their YouTube channel showing off my new Deluxe SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kit.

    I hope to have these available on my website by May 1st, 2019. If anyone has any questions about them, feel free to ask.

    Doug (SpeakerLightKits.com)

    #19 26 days ago

    Do you have any acrylic designs for Munsters yet?

    #20 26 days ago
    Quoted from blimpey:

    Do you have any acrylic designs for Munsters yet?

    I don't have them on my website yet. I was hoping to get them added at the same time as the Deluxe SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kits, but as it stands I will probably have the acrylic designs added before them. As I expect the install instructions on the new light kits may take longer than expected. I know what acrylic designs I WILL have as far as The Munsters and The Beatles goes, but it will still be a couple of weeks to get them added to my website with my current schedule.

    The Munsters "critters" will be in black acrylic and the "portraits" are etched in clear acrylic (the dark / black area you see in the designs is just a dark cloth I have behind the designs). The music notes will be available in black acrylic or gold mirror.

    ....and if people didn't know, I can get any of my acrylic designs in any color / materiel you would like (as long as it's an available color). I just ask that you also buy a Speaker Light Kit, pre-pay for the order and be patient as it may be 2 - 3 weeks to get the order with the custom acrylics ready to ship. Ordering a custom acrylic color / materiel is no extra cost.

    A possible down side of custom requests as far as designs for SPIKE 2 games goes is, I only have red, gold, black and silver mounting screws. So requesting 2 purple mirrored kitty designs and using black, red, gold or silver screws on it might look a bit...off.

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    #21 26 days ago

    Seen the new design lights at TPF really looked great. Look forward to getting a kit when available.

    #22 26 days ago

    Fantastic Doug!! I’ll be buying these for my BKSOR!

    #23 26 days ago
    Quoted from Yelobird:

    Seen the new design lights at TPF really looked great. Look forward to getting a kit when available.

    Glad to hear....I was getting a bit disappointed last weekend when I was watching walkthrough after walkthrough and not seeing them in any videos. I knew from the layout about where that Deadpool was located....yet most of the people would look down that isle where the game was and then turn and go the other way (where they had already been).

    So I was glad to see them in the Pinball News walkthrough and it's nice to hear they were seen. Thanks for the kind words.

    #24 26 days ago
    Quoted from DugFreez:

    Glad to hear....I was getting a bit disappointed last weekend when I was watching walkthrough after walkthrough and not seeing them in any videos. I knew from the layout about where that Deadpool was located....yet most of the people would look down that isle where the game was and then turn and go the other way (where they had already been).
    So I was glad to see them in the Pinball News walkthrough and it's nice to hear they were seen. Thanks for the kind words.

    The only Minor issue is the booth that was displaying them had them in rapid chase mode. SNot a good look almost looked like a convince store sign. But since I seen your videos I knew they were probably just set wrong.

    #25 26 days ago
    Quoted from Yelobird:

    The only Minor issue is the booth that was displaying them had them in rapid chase mode. SNot a good look almost looked like a convince store sign. But since I seen your videos I knew they were probably just set wrong.

    The demo light kit should have been set to auto cycle through all 358 color / transition modes. On a medium speed that takes quite a bit of time to get through them all. This was done to show off what the light kit could do as opposed to only choosing colors and color transitions to match that particular game and it's color scheme.

    I did get a report on Friday that the light kit was turned off and I can only speculate that was due to another mod being on the same RF channel as it and inadvertently turning it off. I'm guessing there were quite a few mods operating in that room during the show. My friend turned it back on and the next morning I instructed him on how to change the RF channel on the light kit to something different so it would be less likely to be affected again. From his reports it went smoothly after that.

    I've noticed that all of the controllers I have tested have been on the same channel when they are first powered on. I am still debating if this is a good thing or if I should re-pair each remote and controller before sending them out (so they ship on a more randomized channel). I hadn't even considered this before giving the light kit to my friend to install at the show or I would have switch it from the "default" channel to try to avoid any interference from another mod using this default channel. I'm not certain how many RF channels the RGB controllers have, but I do know you can set them up so a single remote can control all of the Deluxe SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kits a person would have or you can make one remote control one light kit while a different remote controls a different light kit. I hope to hook a bunch up to see how many different remote pairings it can handle.

    #26 26 days ago
    Quoted from DugFreez:

    The demo light kit should have been set to auto cycle through all 358 color / transition modes. On a medium speed that takes quite a bit of time to get through them all. This was done to show off what the light kit could do as opposed to only choosing colors and color transitions to match that particular game and it's color scheme.
    I did get a report on Friday that the light kit was turned off and I can only speculate that was due to another mod being on the same RF channel as it and inadvertently turning it off. I'm guessing there were quite a few mods operating in that room during the show. My friend turned it back on and the next morning I instructed him on how to change the RF channel on the light kit to something different so it would be less likely to be affected again. From his reports it went smoothly after that.
    I've noticed that all of the controllers I have tested have been on the same channel when they are first powered on. I am still debating if this is a good thing or if I should re-pair each remote and controller before sending them out (so they ship on a more randomized channel). I hadn't even considered this before giving the light kit to my friend to install at the show or I would have switch it from the "default" channel to try to avoid any interference from another mod using this default channel. I'm not certain how many RF channels the RGB controllers have, but I do know you can set them up so a single remote can control all of the Deluxe SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kits a person would have or you can make one remote control one light kit while a different remote controls a different light kit. I hope to hook a bunch up to see how many different remote pairings it can handle.

    Just a suggestion as something similar I had to do with this transmitters. Speaking for myself and my guess most that install lighting like this I will rarely if ever change the setting once it is to my liking. Same with color. You could hide or even cap the transmitter lenses pickup on the lights so they can only be changed if you open the back box speaker panel. My guess is a cap or even a piece of electrical tape would stop it from picking up secondary signals. Never the less, when these are available i’m In for a few sets. Like this look much better then constant on lighting. Nice work.

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