Greetings Pac Fan,
Ill do my best to answer.
Regarding bulb size and light impact.
We have had many requests for a narrow bulb to fit narrow drilled games.
There is inconsistency in drill hole sizes, across several years and manufacturers, like Gottlieb.
To accommodate this need, we are changing to 11mm. Yes, this will impact its appearance
a little bit. We therefore offer a 2 LED the lower illumination, a 5050, the most popular, and a twin 2835.
An attempt to control any greater accuracy and dome thickness, would require production from Taiwan, Singapore, or Malaysia. Unfortunately, this would result in bulbs costing 2X to 2.5X more in price.
So, I respect your eyes, and desire for ultimate perfection, but with my apologies, I cant promise that from lightbulbs
at this price.
With regard to warm white, and color variations. I cant begin to tell you the hours, the hand sampling, the returns, and debated to achieve as close to possible, 100%, 500 degree Kelvin control.
All/most bulbs you might likely find in SMD, are using chips from Singapore. They offer only a 1000 degree Kelvin control. So, yes, that variety can exist. It may be present more in one production then the next, from me or another
vendor. Why? Open market, People controlling color, not machines, competition for prices, with no ability to charge more....The only solution to your tolerance needs, (and mine...I am no different) is to hand match.
Something China, at 60 hour work weeks, $.14 an hour can only do so good at...it hurts ones eyes to try to do this all day.
I found one factory using an electronic method of scanning Kelvin within 200 degrees to sort, but a 5050 SMD, in 10,000 units cost me over $2.00.
Of course, if you are unhappy with your purchase, please do return. We dont want that.
But since we share some of the same factories, and chip suppliers, I do respect that you buy where you feel best
to meet those needs. With my apologies, the warms I see coming out today have this variety.
We are introducing in SMD a third color, our sunlight, with a Kelvin range between warm and natural, and that may be for you.
Think of a paint chart at Lowes, and how many varieties of "white" there are....In bulbs, other than natural, the exact hue of "cream: touch of "yellow" "pink" or other shade is all up to the mixing of powder, and it seems that 1000 degrees is the range.
I try to stay away from the comparison of warm white between vendors, as it seems, there is no exact answer,
to gain if that shade is not right for you. Please return them. If Sunlight, is not the right shade, I dont know else to be of help.
Our Op-Max, also comes in 3 shades of white, with the same variation.
As a completely new and different bulb for you and many people, the inherent color at the source of light, and the lens, is a different hue at that point, before it spreads out, therefore, "appearing darker" at the bulb source.
Since you have a keen eye for white, and can discern this, again, I can only offer what I can, and hope it pleases you.
With regard to the fluted domes.
The only bulb that will not spot is frosted. Period. As this has a heavy dome at the top, it is not prone to spotting,
but does depend on the artwork and screen printing process by that company, at that time.
...and it is not always predictable. Today, I tried them in Earthshaker, and I had a small white dot, approx 2.5mm,
In Roadshow, in a similar light artwork, I had none.
Like anything else, I dont know what games people will use them for, or the art screening.
Let alone reproduction plastics over time.
But I do appreciate you sharing, and it will be noted here and for all...that any bulb, other then frosted, may have
spotting possible based on the game.
I am sorry our products, did not leave you with a 100% positive result, so please do return anything you are not happy with, and support the vendor that does meet your satisfaction.