(Topic ID: 154369)

LED upgrade help

By C65Mustang

3 years ago

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  • 13 posts
  • 8 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 3 years ago by Kyrosfear
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#1 3 years ago

OK, I am super new at this but want to LED out my Gottlieb pin. any forum I read it seems everyone has a general idea already so there is just bits and pieces I find. My first thought is which LED's do I get? anyone know a way to get them super cheap, maybe order from Japan (I know I am told the quality isn't as good). which ones look the best behind the translight? stuff like that, I wonder if anyone has put together a guide on just items that would help me make these choices.

#3 3 years ago

Comet Pinball
Pinball Life
Nifty LED
Pinball Bulbs

All these guys offer LED bulbs for pinball machines. If you have questions Art over at Comet Pinball is very helpful in finding the best ones for your application.

#4 3 years ago

Art (Comet Pinball) is a great guy. If you are doing your Gottlieb System 3 Shaq, you will need non-ghosting LEDs.

#5 3 years ago
Quoted from Kyrosfear:

Art (Comet Pinball) is a great guy. If you are doing your Gottlieb System 3 Shaq, you will need non-ghosting LEDs.

What exactly are non-ghosting LED?

#6 3 years ago

Super frosted for the General illumination - in 44 base, cool or warm white.. http://www.niftyled.com/super-bright-frosted-pinball-led-lights/

Non Ghosting frosted bulbs for the inserts - in 44 base and match the color of the insert to the bulb(use warm white for Yellow & Orange) http://www.niftyled.com/non-ghosting-frosted-pinball-led-lights/

#7 3 years ago
Quoted from C65Mustang:

What exactly are non-ghosting LED?


What is this “non-ghosting” thing I’ve heard about? It’s a question that comes up often, especially from people who are relatively new to installing pinball LEDs in their games.

#8 3 years ago

Go with Art at Comet Pinball. Great guy in the business, has a passion for pinball and great prices. You cant go wrong with Comet pinball for LEDS, highly recommend him.

#9 3 years ago

Comet has become my only place I buy leds from anymore

#10 3 years ago

Several pieces of advice:

- Go with frosted white bulbs for the General Illumination. Non-frosted bulbs will be too harsh if visible to the eye (that is, not behind an insert)

- Also for the GI, whether you go cool white or warm white is personal preference, but cool white light tends to accent playfield colors like blue and purple, while warm white highlights oranges and reds.

- Color-match inserts. If an insert is blue, put a blue LED in it, etc.

- Check out the sockets under your playfield. For any inserts where the socket is sideways, consider getting flex-head LED's so you can aim the light upwards. LEDs are a little more unidirectional than incandescents, so when one is at a 90 degree angle to the insert, the insert might not be lit well without a flex head.

- All of the vendors TheDudeAbides mentioned are great. You don't want to go direct to China for this type of thing - these vendors have already done a ton of product iterations and trial and error with them to get their products just right for Pinball.

- Don't get chincy with the quantity. Count how many you need of each color and style, but order a bunch of extras in several different variations. You may end up not liking how a certain type of bulb looks, and it's better to spend the 75 cents on a spare than to make a whole new order with shipping, etc.

#11 3 years ago

Heres a video I have on my Brewer's Arcade Youtube channel to help you out. I recommend cometpinball.com

#12 3 years ago

thank you everyone, I will take all this and work towards making a list the playing the order

#13 3 years ago
Quoted from C65Mustang:

What exactly are non-ghosting LED?

As NiftyLED wrote, you will only need to use non-ghosting LEDs in the inserts (under the playfield).
Gottlieb System 3 insets ghost badly.

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