Well I figured I might as well start this one too and I know this is probably going to get heated so please be respectful of other’s choices. I encourage pros and cons discussions as that’s the whole point but will give my input and start from there....
When I got this machine it already had LED’s, some from a kit (don’t care of them), some frosted in the GI, some not underneath, etc. It was a mix and match. I did what I could with my limited knowledge at the time and got the inserts looking pretty good. I didn’t really do the non-ghosting approach. I did replace the flashers with LED ones and the only incandescents I left were the 455 flashers in the backbox as I could not find any LED version that replicated the randomness of the blinks.
So fast forward to about a month ago when I started my first restore journey. I was all set to get the LED and GI OCD boards and do the retro 1 SMD LED’s from Comet, all the same, frosted warm for just about everything as I want the closest thing to incandescents and I prefer the yellow\orange tint. I also forgot about the whole dimming effect when midnight occurs as again it has always had LED’s and didn’t remember from when I last played this in the early 90’s.
I kept reading threads, watching videos, etc. and I came across some older videos of Funhouses with incandescents and actually liked the look of it and this had me 2nd guessing myself. When I got the Funhouse, the old incandescents came with the game so I created a DIY bulb checker (for Wedges and Bayonets) and started testing the incandescents compared to all kinds of LED’s (Warm White, Sunlight, Cool White, Colored, etc.) and I really liked the incandescents a lot more. Don’t get me wrong the warm white is about the closest there is but it just still isn’t the same and I just don’t really care for the REALLY BRIGHT LED look, at least not for this game as compared to the bright incandescent look. I have an MMR and it’s only LED but the way they did it, makes it really look like incandescents. Now my Metallica LED Pro on the other hand is in your face but it works for that game in my opinion.
So, now I was thinking I’ll go incandescents but for every post advocating the benefits, there were the same number of posts stating the regular claims of melting plastics, warping inserts, inserts will come out of the playfield, burning GI connectors, etc. Then again, there were the same number of posts where users say they have none of those issues with their incandescents and that’s really only if you keep your machine on 12 or more hours a day, everyday.
My next thought was ok, I’ll switch the backbox to LED to help with the potential of burning the GI connectors and then use incandescents everywhere else. But I’m still on the fence with using incandescents for the inserts as too many posts and others advice still say that they will eventually ruin the inserts. I am having Ron Kruzman clear my new Mirco playfield I got back in 2015, so suffice to say, I do not want to do anything that could promote damage.
Regarding the above PF GI, it seems using incandescents is favored by a lot of people and there is minimal risk of damage, so that just leaves me with the inserts under the playfield and my only other thought is to just use non-ghosting LED’s as while the OCD boards do look amazing, I’m not sure it would be worth it for me, but I also have Zero experience with the OCD boards.
Ok, that should hopefully give everyone a better idea on where I started and where I am at today.
I really appreciate all the feedback and advice.
Have a great and safe rest of the week.