Lit Frames - LED Backlit Translite Frames

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Lit Frames - LED Backlit Translite Frames


By midcoastsurf

63 days ago



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“What frame size would you MOST like to see next?”

  • Stern DMD 14 votes
    36%
  • 90's WMS/Bally 21 votes
    54%
  • Sys 11 3 votes
    8%
  • Data East 1 vote
    3%

(39 votes)

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#1 63 days ago

Looking for the perfect and affordable solution to show off your pinball translite? Introducing Lit Frames. An LED backlit, aluminum snap-edge, front loading frame to show of your pinball translite.

Product Details
- Custom built to fit the newer Stern LCD game translites (see game list below)
- Full LED strips with light diffuser panel for even light distribution
- Crystal clear plexi to hold translite flat and protect from damage
- Aluminum snap edge frame for easy swapping of translites in seconds
- Frame illuminates the translite better than the game does
- Swap translites in seconds without any tools
- Weighs only 8 pounds and as thin as a picture frame
- On/Off switch
- Includes wall plug

Current model fits these newer Stern LCD games:
- Munsters
- Beatles
- Deadpool
- Iron Maiden
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Star Wars
- Batman '66
- Aerosmith

$150 per frame - includes shipping within lower 48 states. PM me.

Don’t see your game listed? Shoot me a message and let me know what size frame you would like created next.

Outside frame dimensions:
27.5" Wide
18.5" High
3/4" Thick

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#2 62 days ago

Midcoast, where were you about 6 months ago when I had to make my own light box because no one else did. Lol. Your pricing is very good since it cost me about 100 bucks to make mine. I made my light box to fit Williams translates Great service and pricing you are providing

#3 62 days ago

150 is kinda spendy though. Affordable is a stretch

#4 62 days ago

Beauties

#5 62 days ago
Quoted from lordloss:

150 is kinda spendy though. Affordable is a stretch

Feel free to make them and sell them to us for less.

#6 62 days ago
Quoted from lordloss:

150 is kinda spendy though. Affordable is a stretch

Yeah $150.00 is a lot of cash, but for me to buy the LEDS, wood, frame, my production time, it cost me somewhere in the area of $100.00. Also he is including shipping. I think $150.00 is a good price if you need one. Also I bought a nail gun to use as well. That was a good investment since I use it in other areas, but I bought it mainly for this project.

#7 62 days ago

These look great! I'll take aluminum over mdf all day and I really like the thin profile. How is this backlit so well with such a thin profile?

#8 62 days ago

Looks fantastic!

#9 62 days ago

Outstanding!! Definitely chose the Stern DMD translites as the second option, as Stern gives those away like crazy for tournaments & launch parties......

#10 62 days ago

Stern dmd all the way

#11 62 days ago

Jersey Jack size also please

#12 62 days ago

Trudat.. i have a DI trans as well.

#13 62 days ago
Quoted from wiggy07:

Midcoast, where were you about 6 months ago when I had to make my own light box because no one else did. Lol. Your pricing is very good since it cost me about 100 bucks to make mine. I made my light box to fit Williams translates Great service and pricing you are providing

Wiggy, thank you for the kind words! I was in a similar boat, but didn't have the space or tools to go down the woodworking route. I also wanted something light with a thin profile and easy swapping capabilities. Both have their place.

#15 62 days ago
Quoted from NorCalRealtor:

These look great! I'll take aluminum over mdf all day and I really like the thin profile. How is this backlit so well with such a thin profile?

Thank you! There are two LED strips, one at the top and one at the bottom that run the width of the frame. The center white panel diffuses the light evenly. It's hard to capture how good these look with pictures. If only the real games used these

Check out this how-to vid I created. You can see the white diffuser panel and how the frame edge works.

#16 62 days ago
Quoted from AliciaC:

Looks fantastic!

Thank you!

#17 62 days ago
Quoted from AUKraut:

Outstanding!! Definitely chose the Stern DMD translites as the second option, as Stern gives those away like crazy for tournaments & launch parties......

Stern DMD and JJP are getting the most requests right now. What size is a JJP translite? Is DI different than WOZ and Hobbit?

Right now, I'm leaning towards a frame that fits around 26 3/4" x 18 1/2". It will accommodate up to 27" x 19", you would just lose 1/4" or so extra behind the frame. This should cover WPC, Sys11, and Stern DMD?

#18 62 days ago

White diffuse panel. Very smart!

Just a suggestion. It might be worth designing one that fits an actual backglass and not just a translite. Many dudes have great old backglasses poorly displayed with no backlighting. That's not the way they were meant to be displayed. I recently paid a framing shop an arm and a leg to custom build a nice backlit shadow box for this one backglass I had. It was very cost prohibitive. I'd LOVE to see a $150 solution with a thin profile.

#19 61 days ago

Any chance of getting one of these without the LEDs? I've already got a set of 10mm wide RGBW LED from Amazon I was planning to use to build something like this out of wood. I LOVE the rest of it though!

#20 61 days ago
Quoted from midcoastsurf:

Stern DMD and JJP are getting the most requests right now. What size is a JJP translite? Is DI different than WOZ and Hobbit?

24.5 inches High by 27 inches wide. I have DI, WOZ, TH, JJPOTC promotional translites and they are all that same size.

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#21 61 days ago

Looks more like 24 9/16 x 27 1/16

#22 60 days ago
Quoted from NorCalRealtor:

White diffuse panel. Very smart!
Just a suggestion. It might be worth designing one that fits an actual backglass and not just a translite. Many dudes have great old backglasses poorly displayed with no backlighting. That's not the way they were meant to be displayed. I recently paid a framing shop an arm and a leg to custom build a nice backlit shadow box for this one backglass I had. It was very cost prohibitive. I'd LOVE to see a $150 solution with a thin profile.

Yes, a few have messaged me about backglasses, but I'm focusing on translites right now. Who is on the hook if my frame can't support the weight of your backglass and it shatters? I don't want to think about that one. Not saying it can't be done...maybe down the road.

#23 60 days ago
Quoted from cabuford:

Any chance of getting one of these without the LEDs? I've already got a set of 10mm wide RGBW LED from Amazon I was planning to use to build something like this out of wood. I LOVE the rest of it though!

Thanks! I don't plan on making unlit frames at this time. I'd have to change the company name from Lit Frames to...well...Frames. Just not as sexy. Maybe Michaels will build you a custom size frame if you want to DIY light it yourself?

#24 60 days ago
Quoted from KingBW:

24.5 inches High by 27 inches wide. I have DI, WOZ, TH, JJPOTC promotional translites and they are all that same size.
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KingBW for the win!!! You sir are a hero. Messaging you now.

#25 60 days ago
Quoted from Dantesmark:

Looks more like 24 9/16 x 27 1/16

I would believe both. I find it hard to accurately take pics of the measurements from a tape measure given the angles.

#26 60 days ago

According to the JJP website the DI is 27 x 24.5 ... great work I’m interested for sure.

#27 60 days ago
Quoted from midcoastsurf:

Thanks! I don't plan on making unlit frames at this time. I'd have to change the company name from Lit Frames to...well...Frames. Just not as sexy. Maybe Michaels will build you a custom size frame if you want to DIY light it yourself?

Trans light frames? I’m glad someone is tackling this again. I keep running into dead threads about this. I’ve reached out to companies that make the same type of thing for movie posters and had no response. Micheals has always been expensive in my mind but I’ll check it out again. Your price Point seems good and the size is what I’m looking for (Stern lcd). I assume you don’t want to give away all your construction methods but would it be easy to pull out your lights and add my own?

#28 60 days ago
Quoted from Greenandwhite:

According to the JJP website the DI is 27 x 24.5 ... great work I’m interested for sure.

You are on the list and message sent. Thanks for double checking the size! Didn't realize they had it on their website.

#29 59 days ago

Stern LCD like your already providing.
Stern DMD is easily my second choice.
Bally/WMS my 3rd choice.

#30 59 days ago

Received my frame yesterday and some translites from Stern today. Great job. Love it.

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#31 59 days ago
Quoted from lodgingdolphin:

Received my frame yesterday and some translites from Stern today. Great job. Love it.
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Glad to hear it, looks great!

#32 59 days ago
Quoted from lordloss:

150 is kinda spendy though. Affordable is a stretch

$150 for a lit frame is a great price. It is difficult to make a DIY version for under $100 (you might if you are good with wood working)
Spotlight Frames charges $65 just for a frame (which is also a great price)
Other retailers sell backlit frames for upwards of $400 or more!

#33 58 days ago

I have one of these frames and I can't even begin to describe how truly awesome it is. Swapping my translites on the fly is a huge benefit and takes 30 seconds. One of the coolest pieces in my gameroom and Brad is a super nice guy to deal with.

#34 57 days ago
Quoted from chrismcb:

$150 for a lit frame is a great price. It is difficult to make a DIY version for under $100 (you might if you are good with wood working)
Spotlight Frames charges $65 just for a frame (which is also a great price)
Other retailers sell backlit frames for upwards of $400 or more!

Agree Especially when you consider my price includes shipping.

#35 57 days ago
Quoted from stpcore:

I have one of these frames and I can't even begin to describe how truly awesome it is. Swapping my translites on the fly is a huge benefit and takes 30 seconds. One of the coolest pieces in my gameroom and Brad is a super nice guy to deal with.

Thanks for the kind words Ken!

#36 57 days ago

They look great - looking forward to the DMD Stern size.

#37 57 days ago
Quoted from Goronic:

They look great - looking forward to the DMD Stern size.

Thanks! I’ll PM you when in stock.

#38 57 days ago

I assume these use light guide panels. I have some frames similar to these that I bought for movie posters and I paid almost $300 each for those. Plus shipping!

If these are indeed LGP frames, the lighting is very bright and even. $150 shipped is a good price. And the ability to swap easily using the front snap frame is very convenient.

Looking forward to WPC and SYS11. Would love these for backglasses as well but understand your concerns.

#39 56 days ago
Quoted from RobertWinter:

I assume these use light guide panels. I have some frames similar to these that I bought for movie posters and I paid almost $300 each for those. Plus shipping!
If these are indeed LGP frames, the lighting is very bright and even. $150 shipped is a good price. And the ability to swap easily using the front snap frame is very convenient.
Looking forward to WPC and SYS11. Would love these for backglasses as well but understand your concerns.

Hi Robert, PM sent, and posting a few answers here for the group.

My frames have an led strip running the width of the frame, one at the top and one at the bottom. They shine into a diffuser panel for even lighting. I wish Stern used a diffuser panel in their backbox.

I plan on doing movie poster frames as well, but focus now is pinball.

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#40 45 days ago

I'd be interested in a stern DMD one and also one that would fit Revenge from Mars translite

#41 45 days ago
Quoted from britrex1:

I'd be interested in a stern DMD one and also one that would fit Revenge from Mars translite

PM sent

#42 42 days ago

Pm sent

1 month later
#43 4 days ago

New frames are in! I currently have stock of Stern DMD and Stern LCD. Also making JJP promo and 90's WMS/Bally based on demand. PM me if interested.

I made a few improvements to the latest design thanks to customer feedback:

- 6' cord coming off the frame (can hide behind a wall without connections inside the wall)
- On/Off switch
- Dimmer switch
- 30 day warranty

Pricing includes shipping within lower 48:
Stern LCD = $150
Stern DMD = $150
90's WMS/Bally = $165
JJP Promo = $175 (this thing is a beast and fits the promo translite measuring 27" x 24.5"

Thanks,
Brad

#44 4 days ago

Another happy customer. Thanks Tony!

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#45 3 days ago

Here are the JJP size translites. The ones with the area light on appear all washed out, but that is mostly the way my phone exposed the pic, so just observe the size and how the frame looks on those. The closeups in the dark are more realistic of what they really look like. WOZ by far looks the best. JJPOTC looks great with the light dimmed just a bit. DI colors aren't vivid, so that one needs a little dimming also. TH ... the main dragon screen is pretty washed out no matter what you do. The other part is a little washed out like how it is in the game. Maybe if I use one of those gels that some people used in their game, it might look better. Each JJP translite is made from a different material. They should have stayed with the bright colored glossy one that looks like a photograph on the WOZ. As for the lit frame itself, it is great and with the dimmer you can tweak it in to your liking. Yes, I would recommend this lit frame. I might even buy more in the future for some Stern translites. This is my honest review. Come on JJP, go back to the WOZ translite material for the promotional translites.

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#46 2 days ago
Quoted from KingBW:

Here are the JJP size translites.

Thanks for the honest review and posting pics! Unfortunate that different translite materials were used. I was not aware of this. I agree, POTC and WOZ look better than the other two. I’ll have to look into different gels or filter panels that could go behind these for the JJP translites. All the other Stern translites and Bally/WMS translites I have tried look incredible backlit, but some of them do require adjustments to brightness depending on the colors in the translite.

#47 2 days ago

Very cool! I need to get a couple of these.
...following...

#48 2 days ago

Do these fit Spooky? TNA, ACNC?

#49 2 days ago

I have one of Brads fist ones, have it hanging in my garage/shop/gameroom II to hide the garage door opener. Quality of build it Top Notch and it's the perfect brightness.

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#50 2 days ago

I got me one coming my way for Star Trek. Signed by Steve, Only fitting that his signature should be in something as cool as him!!!
Ok, well close to as cool as him

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