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GB LE - Replacing a LED Bulb Question


By gjm7777

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

Hey all,

So I'm looking to change out a few LEDs from the bright whites at the areas below. Does anyone know from experience if these bulbs/sockets can be dropped from underneath the playfield or would I have to remove the top plastics to get at them?

Thanks in advance

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#2 2 years ago

These days you should always be able to get to them from the bottom.

#3 2 years ago

Also a side note when I changed out some bulbs to the optimax from comet i had what appeared to be node board issues. I put in regular non ghosting bulbs from comet and the problem went away. The area I had issues with were bulbs 117 and 121 the lower bulb on the slings.

#4 2 years ago

Thanks for the details guys. I ended up getting the Ablaze 1-LED #44/#47 Bayonet Base Lamp With Flat Top Lens.
Hoping these don't cause issues.

#5 2 years ago

Welcome to the wonderful world of spike where the simple act of changing a bulb is no longer simple. You cannot put any bulb in there. I would contact stern tech support and ask them what to use.

#6 2 years ago

Are the LEDs not soldered onto the board itself? Thought it was...

#7 2 years ago
Quoted from FatPanda:

Are the LEDs not soldered onto the board itself? Thought it was...

Gi bulbs are still in sockets as are flashers. Inserts are on boards and cannot be replaced.

#8 2 years ago
Quoted from Lermods:

Gi bulbs are still in sockets as are flashers. Inserts are on boards and cannot be replaced.

That makes sense. Thanks!

#9 2 years ago

Well,
It looks like the Ablaze 1-LED #44/#47 Bayonet Base Lamp With Flat Top Lens do not work at all. Not lighting up when powering up the game.
*Edit looking at the original bulb it was 6.3v AC but the replacements are 6.3v DC - Perhaps that is the issue then.

#10 2 years ago
Quoted from Lermods:

Welcome to the wonderful world of spike where the simple act of changing a bulb is no longer simple. You cannot put any bulb in there. I would contact stern tech support and ask them what to use.

This is good advice. With SPIKE you can cause damage or problem with the node boards, especially if you try to install an incandescent.
I would make changes with caution. The SPIKE system does not have fuses, if you create an issue the board may shut down.

#11 2 years ago

Thanks for the advice,
I do see these are listed as AC/DC
http://www.cometpinball.com/product-p/8mm-led.htm

But I've reached out to stern , and I'll see what they say for a replacement. I figured there had to be a few people who have replaced these by now.

#12 2 years ago

Stern got back to me right away, and their response is the bulbs simply need to match the existing spec.
I'll report back after giving the Comets a try (which are marked 6.3v AC/DC)

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#13 2 years ago
Quoted from gjm7777:

Stern got back to me right away, and their response is the bulbs simply need to match the existing spec.
I'll report back after giving the Comets a try (which are marked 6.3v AC/DC)

Should be good if you use the twin 2835 2 smd bulbs. Those are the exact ones stern uses.

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