I just got a Pinbot and am planning out how to LED the thing (my first 80's machine and first LED job). I want to make this economical and simple to start, but have a big wow factor. I'm planning to stick with incandescent 89 and 1251 for the flashers as I am not a fan of the bright, epileptic-seizure-inducing flashers of the modern games.
I totally hate the washed out red/blue jobs I have seen, but kinda like the idea of doing the red/blue theme more subtle with using cool and warm whites instead of colored above the playfield.
From what I am reading, I want to use Comet and put in an order. So far the plan is to use frosted SMDs in the back box and above playfield and maybe 2SMD clear color-matched under playfield inserts. I have read that others wished you did some reds under the vortex ramp. Any other special tricks to make the machine pop?
Would love to see some pictures and explanations from people's own LED conversions. If you have any advice or rules of thumb beyond match colors, use frosted bulbs, I'd love to hear them.
Attached are my working diagrams for colors minus above playfield (as I haven't torn the playfield down yet to confirm placement). In the backbox I have an alternate to go full color for the fingers instead of warms/cools and to do a plain bright white at the backbox pinball instead of the slasher (slow flasher). I developed the backbox based on freeze framing TNT episode #85 on youtube.
UNDERPLAYFIELD LED (resized).jpg
BACKBOX LED (resized).jpg
TNT #85 Backglass LED (resized).jpg