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Just whining and crying


By maestro

4 months ago



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#1 4 months ago

How come old Bally's are such a pain to get led 555's in the socket? My old Strange Science was like this. Both EBD's I've done were like this. Now doing and Embryon and all I want to do is throw a fit. Pushing incandescent in is a breeze. Putting the led in is a nightmare. I push and wiggle the little bulb in the socket and eventually they go in. But man are my finger tips sore. This is truly an exercise of patience and tenacity. Is there some secret I'm not in on??? Anyways, just whining like a little baby today. Comments? Anyone else have any issues on any games that chaffs your hide and want to cry about it this is the place. Post away.

#11 4 months ago
Quoted from mbaumle:

In the home, you’ll never burn a GI connector since the game will never be on long enough, and I only change out a burnt bulb every so often.
Haven’t looked back since.

Man I beg to differ. I've had clients with burnt gi connectors in there homes from incandescent. I personally used to leave incandescents in my backboxes until one day while playing my BSD I smelled that burning smell. Opened up the back box and the connector for the back box lights was crispy. New connector and pin and swapped to leds and it was cool as a cucumber after that.
I typically use all white, either natural or warm depending on the theme, in my gi and back boxes. Sometimes I use limited colors when it is tasteful. I color match inserts. I don't mind the extra effort as it saves me issues down the road. I like the look. Its just these old bally 555's kill me!

#16 4 months ago
Quoted from SDTMinSTL:

I've noticed that some brands of leds fit easier than others it seems. We're these comets by chance you were using?

Comets yes.

Quoted from Robotworkshop:

Be glad it isn't an Elektra! The sockets on the playfield are just cruel. You usually need a band aid after working on those.

YEAH man! These Embryon ones the tabs are all sharp. Some are close to other sockets and its like picking through a thorn bush.

I'll tell you what, Strange Science was the worst. Must have been 500 bulbs in that machine. I don't know how it didn't kick breakers each time I turned it one before I put in leds. And lost of the bulbs required removing playfield parts to get to... not just your ordinary remove a flat piece of playfield plastic either. That was a marathon. But man is looked fantastic when done.

I'll say this about leds. A friend of mine opened a pinball arcade. Was told because the machines were rated at 8 amps could only put two n each breaker. Machines were converted to leds. He was able to show the city board they only drew 2 amps (if memory serves me correctly) each like this. He was allowed to put many more on each breaker.

2 months later
#18 54 days ago

That makes sense. But I love my leds.

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