(Topic ID: 2150)

How Many People Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb(in a Simpsons Pinball Party)

By Pintucky

9 years ago

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  • Latest reply 9 years ago by shock_me
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#1 9 years ago

I know this is going to sound too simplistic to probably even be taken seriously. BUT . . . what is the trick to taking a 'spot' bulb out of the socket on a Simpsons Pinball Party? And on most pins that have the spot lights . . . they all look the same.

I tried everything: Using a rubber tip off a shooting rod to get a good grip, using needle-nosed pliers (risky!), latex glove, even sprayed adhesive glue on my fingers to get a good grip (which worked great!) and it would not budge, no matter how much force I applied! What is the secret?

Do the lamps PUSH in and turn? Are they straight in and straight out? If that is the case I couldn't pull much harder without ripping off the top of the whole playfield! Am I supposed to take the Plastic 'chrome' sockets off first? I would appreciate anyone's help!!!
"Not the Brightest Bulb in the Package!!!"

#2 9 years ago

Pick a large needle and push the bulb by the little holes behind the socket (if they same as Williams)

#3 9 years ago

Or if you can, wrap some electrical tape around the bulb and pull straight out. I know it seems like they will never come out, I had the same problem awhile back and the tape trick worked for me.

Make sure the bulb is cold too. Try to take it out after it has been off for a 1/2 hour or so.

#4 9 years ago

Wow! Makes me rue the day I have to change a spot lamp. The tape trick sounds like a good idea.

#5 9 years ago

I agree with Holy Picke...I use a thin nail and gently push through the other side.

#6 9 years ago

Those are some great ideas! Thanks guys!

I had thought about using tape, but after working with those damned bulbs for about 30 minutes I thought, "No! 'Normal' repair guys, people who know how to do this know there is a trick to how to turn the bulb, click something, it can't just PULL out! Not going to resort to 'my kind of answers (duct tape and a hammer)". So, I gave up and went on here.

Looks like NOTHING is normal when fixing a pin!

Let's see . . . I've had suggestions by email and on here to use: a needle, a nail, jeweler's screwdriver, 'bulb condom' (whatever that is!), latex gloves, tacky glue on my fingers, and a partridge in a pear tree!!!

I have 4 pins that need some minor repair. If those problems are anything like this one, I can't WAIT to see all the suggestions on how to fix THOSE! Ha.

I love my pins, but all this 'thinking' . . . how to be smart enough to digest all this new information (for me, at least!) has just about driven me crazy!!!

Again, thank you all for your help. I will try this tomorrow. If none of these suggestions work, I have a nice sledge hammer that needs using before it rusts!

#7 9 years ago

Try getting the GI bulb between the garage and right ramp without removing the ramp. Took me about 20 mins.

#8 9 years ago

I changed one the other day. It's a "push-in" type bulb, it doesn't twist into the socket. I just grabbed it with my thumb and index finger and wiggled it side to side until it came out. Use your other hand to hold the back of the socket while you do this.

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