I have been contacted by a couple of people that have bought the recently released, fully lit "serial" speaker light kits from Pinball Life and noticed that they were not my Deluxe Speaker Light Kits as they were expecting. While Pinball Life have sold my speaker light kits since 2013, they, like another reseller, have decided it is OK for them, and somehow acceptable, to just copy my designs (in particular my design for the light frame to light around the entire speaker grill on SPIKE 2 games) and sell "their own" speaker light kits.
In any case...the Serial light kits being sold by Pinball Life are not my light kits and they are not as good as my Deluxe light kits. The main reason I will bring up is they do NOT use INDIVDUALLY addressable light strips. They are using addressable light strips that are only addressable in 3 bulb sections. This leads to a chunkier and clunkier light show, as any single pixel instruction that the controller is outputting will be displayed as 3 bulbs instead of 1.
Another thing that arises from their light strips not being individually addressable is how the various light patterns line up where the light strips begin and end...or I should probably say, how their light patterns do NOT line up where the light strips begin and end. As it is, very few if any of the light patterns actually meet as they should in the corner where the light strips begin and end. There are some of the light patterns that do not line up on my light frames also, but the majority of them do and provide a smooth light pattern all the way around the frame. That is just not the case with the Pinball Life Serial light kits.
Pinball Life have these light kits described as having "Individually controlled LEDs" which is clearly not true. I do not know if this was done to purposely deceive people or just out of ignorance. I'm pretty sure not much thought or effort is put in by people copying my products....so it could have just been an oversight when seeing what cost cutting measures they could get away with and have potential customers still believe it is as good as the original that they are attempting to copy.
They have their kit selling for $79.95 (my Deluxe kit is $85). Of course, with little product development costs and a lower bill of materials from cuts (their kit does not include its own power transformer) ...it would be easy enough to price a bit lower than the guy that actually did the design and idea work you are copying. Taking a light frame to someone and saying "copy this" is much easier than actually doing any design work yourself and paying for prototyping. When you add in the shipping costs and tax and I'm quite certain anyone can get the original and superior light kit directly from SpeakerLightKits.com at a lower price than you can get this inferior looking knock-off from Pinball Life.
Sorry for the poor video quality, but you can easily see the difference even at 240p. I wasn't planning on getting into this until I could get a better-quality comparison video made, but that will probably be a bit if it gets done at all. As it is, I really wish I didn't have to take the time to explain why buying the light kits from me, the guy that actually though up and designed them, is better than buying from places that copy my ideas and designs.
The 2019 TWIPY nominated mod of the year...the "Deluxe SPIKE 2 Speaker Light Kits" are ONLY available at www.SpeakerLightKits.com. Accept no imitations from shady pretenders.