(Topic ID: 76370)

New Product: Pinball Bulb Comparer / Tester at Pinball Life


By dkpinball

6 years ago



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    #1 6 years ago

    Just a little bump for a new Pinball Life product. Use it for comparing the qualities of different manufacturers bulbs side by side. Flip between 6v AC and 6v DC to see how the bulbs change with different power sources.

    It's actually surprisingly fun to play with when you're comparing different bulbs side by side. Color, brightness, heat, etc. It's also not a bad looking pinball techie looking lamp when you're not using it for testing purposes.

    http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=3292

    #2 6 years ago

    I like the idea, thanks!

    #3 6 years ago

    does it have a freq adjuster where you can switch it to WPC style and what not to see if a bulb will ghost or not in earlier games?

    #4 6 years ago

    No frequency changing or anything. Just AC/DC.

    #5 6 years ago

    that would be a great feature to implement. Nothing sucks worse than putting a bulb in and have it work half of the time because of freq rate changes, or ghosting issues. I have hodgepodge pile of LEDs in a case. Some new, some old, and would be nice to filter through them before I put a game back together.

    #6 6 years ago

    See the last post by Herg - http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/what-causes-led-ghosting

    Even with a frequency changer, it wouldn't necessarily be a valid ghosting tester.

    It does have dramatic effects between AC/DC. Bulbs not designed for AC circuits have noticeable strobing and are dimmer. Some more than others. Some handle it fine. It's nice to have the board to compare them all.

    #7 6 years ago

    yes, it would be difficult to duplicate the rate of a particular game, since each game seems to have it's own rate of refresh. Just saying if there was a way to add the feature, it could be super awesome.

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    #8 1 year ago

    Will these ever become available again? Any other bulb testers in the market?

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    #9 10 months ago
    Quoted from Blitzburgh99:

    Will these ever become available again? Any other bulb testers in the market?

    Bump for the same question...

    #10 10 months ago

    What ever happened to dkpinball?

    #11 10 months ago

    I actually emailed Pinball Life. They just got back to me and said they have no plans to re-make the boards again.

    #12 10 months ago

    Is it this? It’s been helpful to me to check bulbs and compare. It should be easy for someone to make?

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    #13 10 months ago

    Ah... yeah super simple. Looks like a AC power brick into a switch which switches in a fwb rectifier.
    The harder part would be finding those #44 sockets; but they look somewhat standard.

    #14 10 months ago

    Been looking for a tester for well over a year and especially over the past few weeks. I inherited a great big bag of mixed LEDS that I’ve been wanting to test, as well as separate the warm whites from the cool whites. But I’d rather check them while sitting down at a table/bench so I can get into a “production line” groove rather than messing with sockets on an actual pin.

    #15 10 months ago
    Quoted from TheRudyB:

    Been looking for a tester for well over a year and especially over the past few weeks. I inherited a great big bag of mixed LEDS that I’ve been wanting to test, as well as separate the warm whites from the cool whites. But I’d rather check them while sitting down at a table/bench so I can get into a “production line” groove rather than messing with sockets on an actual pin.

    The separating the whites was my reason to get one. It works good for that. I often just pull bulbs out when swapping playfields And theres always a mish mosh of colors/whites. Helps to clean them up all at once.

    #16 10 months ago

    Thats all it is? Hmmmmmmm

    #17 10 months ago

    I used a bunch of them....It needed a better switch, and the board could use a housing.

    #18 10 months ago
    Quoted from HHaase:

    Thats all it is? Hmmmmmmm

    Come-on; I'm sure you figured it out from the pictures.
    You probably already have the schematic laid out.

    #19 10 months ago
    Quoted from Zitt:

    Come-on; I'm sure you figured it out from the pictures.
    You probably already have the schematic laid out.

    Oh the only reason I haven’t ordered boards already is available time this week. Plenty on my plate at the moment...... but should be able to have something in-progress in about a week.

    Gotta get my 2nd 3D printer finished, and kick a couple orders out the door first...... and this week is back to school.

    #20 10 months ago

    lol. I was thinking of opensourcing mine if I got off my arse. But you're further along (I haven't even started); so have at it.

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    #21 8 days ago

    Here's a US made bulb & fuse tester that is currently available on ebay.

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    ebay: ebay.com link

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