This thread is "neutral ground" for busting the myths associated with your particular favorite kind of lighting. Use INC as shorthand for "incandescent". Subjective topics, such as use of color in GI, are out of bounds. We're only concerned here with the facts. Let's do this Snopes-style, with a "CLAIM"", followed by "TRUE", "FALSE", "UNPROVEN", "MOSTLY FALSE", etc. Here are mine:
CLAIM: LEDs don't have the same light spread (dispersion and distance) as INCs.
Verdict: FALSE. See pictures in post #69. Some LEDs are actually better at spreading light than INCs.
CLAIM: INCs cause inserts to sink and warp.
Verdict: Unproven. Never-used NOS playfields often show the same insert issues as routed games. The theory is that the plastic and wood expand and shrink at different rates. However it is true that if an INC is too close to an insert or plastic, it can burn and melt the plastic. This can be easily seen in the pop bumper caps for older games.
CLAIM: LEDs pay for themselves in a few years, in energy savings.
Verdict: It depends. An operator who leaves a game on 24/7 may realize the payback in a few years. For a more typical pin owner, the payback is 10-20 years.
CLAIM: LEDs increase earnings on location.
Verdict (edited): Unproven. Several operators have reported improved earnings (sometimes even doubled), after switching to LEDs. However, more proof is needed that this is true for the majority of locations.
CLAIM: Customers can't change out the LEDs in feature lamps, for Stern pins starting with Star Trek.
Verdict: MOSTLY FALSE. Stern switched from sockets to dedicated lamp PCBs on Premium and LE models, but Pro models still use sockets for all lighting.
Feel free to refute these claims, or any of the claims in this thread, with logic and proof.