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Pinball fires


By jgadzia

7 months ago



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    #1 7 months ago

    i was corresponding with a seller of pinball bulbs and i was asking if he had these for sale:

    https://www.cometpinball.com/3-SMD-12V-STRIPS-p/3smd12vstrip.htm

    he commented you should never use alligator clips because of the risk of fire. I have made several of my own mods that use 5 volt or 6.8 volt gi lighting sources and never had an issue. I also have some mods that connect to the flashers as well, but they dont stay on. Of course i usually dont leave my machines on except when i am playing them. Has anyone had a pinball fire because of mods they used with such low voltage?

    #2 7 months ago

    This is specifically why machines have fuses designed in the circuit.
    -Mike

    #3 7 months ago

    Not sure about fires, but alligator clips should never be used in a permanent installation, they are intended for short term usage and testing.

    #4 7 months ago

    The issue is that when playing, or raising and lowering playfield, the clips can fall off, or touch and short.
    Truly permanent Mods, especially in tricky areas, should be permanent by solder, or T splice clips.

    I personally have had no issue, when used in an open area, that is not subject to clutter, moving parts,
    or frequent service.

    Its a choice, which is why Comet has the Matrix system....change the Bulb and plug in the strip.
    This is reversible, non evasive, and no solder.....

    #5 7 months ago

    All I know is that if someone used an alligator clip inside of one of these and it fell off and caused a fire, that would be really meta.

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