So.... I've owned my STTNG for what I think is about 10 years now and for all its time its been in my garage (it was a well insulated and finished garage). Its unmodified save for Blue LED flashers in the Borg ship and an externally powered subwoofer (a cheap polk audio but fantastic for the purpose and I highly recommend an external sub on this game provided the sub has volume and crossover controls). My son, who is now an 18 year old in college is the grand champion at 24 Billion. I'm just behind on the continuum at 23+.
After our recent re-model, I've executed the vision to get this thing into my new office that was added as part of an addition. The pinball looks fantastic and super retro with the incandescents. But after reviewing the technical approach to pulse modulation boards created by Herg I'm enamored with the idea of adding LEDs to boost the game lighting and enhance the experience for myself, my family, and my guests who may not have played a pinball machine in 20 years. I had a NGG with LEDs and while great, without the Herb boards it was visually noisy and plagued with annoying strobe.
I LOVE to play the STTNG in the dark, but of course I don't play particularly well because I can't track the balls and shots perfectly. I don't expect that to change a whole lot with the upgrade, but I do expect a clean and more impactful visual experience.
What say you all? Should I buy both boards (the Matrix and the GI), then go all in on the basic (non ghosting) LEDs and take the plunge? Or do I keep the incandescents? I'm also thinking about adding a shaker motor tied to the shield flashers.
Or do I keep the old school warm glow of the incandescents?
Note, my game is far from home use only. The coin slots say "insert tokens" so its previous life was in an arcade. My neutral zone hole is a hack job of a repair to square the edges, but everything plays flawlessly!