Quoted from flipperstick:
Great post and great job! I appreciate your detail. I finished everything on mine Friday. Will do a pf replace next year since I have 4 new machines coming over the next few months.
I also noticed some of the white LED lights throw too much light so will probably go with a blue or purple like you - thanks for the idea it is ethereal. I recently consulted on a project for EPCOT where I suggested this to create a celestial glow and then spaced on in my own ss game.
Oh wonderful, how much fun is it working on these things and bringing them back to decent shape and giving them some new life! Share some pics and stories of yours as well. Yes the lighting is a tricky deal, but the semi-gloss black (just Rustoleum I had left over when I built my own digital pinball cab about 10 years ago) turned out to give off some nice reflective light and makes it seem to "glow" a bit. Funny enough it came with LEDs but half of them were defective; I ordered a giant batch of white ones from Cointaker and they shipped the wrong ones (colored), but I decided to keep 'em and experimented with those and repositioned existing ones that worked well and came up with my own lighting scheme (my wife thinks I'm insane as I spent a week or so just repositioning and swapping out lights, I guess we pinball types tend to obsess over these details!).
So now I'm really curious, when you say EPCOT project, you are talking about the Disney park, the scene of my greatest 80s childhood memories!?!? Love to hear a little more, but I'm sure you have a stack of confidentiality agreements. I know they are always working on new attractions and that park in particular is really going through a transformation, so man that is really cool if you got to do some consulting in that arena, wow I closely follow the theme park industry and the Disney blogs / rumor mill in particular (one of my best friends was an Imagineer in the 90s and a show producer for Universal in more recent years, fascinating business). Anyway, appreciate your comments and glad you enjoyed my long-winded writeup.