Quoted from mbaumle:
nd subjectively speaking, I think incandescents just plain look better in games.
It really depends. I'm kind of like you in some ways, and have adopted a hybrid approach: flashers stay inca'd... colored inserts get LEDs... EM's I don't overdo it; GI gets cool white to make the art visible but not blown out, but controlled areas with complex flashing effects might stay incad'd for the flash rate. And I know what you're talking about with seizure-mode; I unplugged the GI flasher relay on my Torpedo Alley because it was so horrible.
But I prefer LEDs for the lower current draw and heat output. AND on the backbox, it's a must. I don't like backbox art to look like mac-n-cheese casserole. Soft glow be damned; once you've seen backbox art illuminated with proper (i.e. NON-YELLOW) color tones there's no going back.
I do agree, LEDs can be a PITA for the reasons mentioned. But I've found them pretty trouble free once installed. If one was flaky, the socket was the culprit and would have given the same issues with an inca bulb (and in that regard, I've found LEDs can work pretty well and maintain full brightness in some places where an incad might have been dim).
It's 2019 not 2012 though: there's no reason to be using shitty cheap ghosting LEDs. That was solved years ago.