This quarantine stuff got me the pinball bug again and I'm working on games I haven't popped glass on in years. My current collection: Whirlwind, Twilight Zone, Attack from Mars and Teed Off. I haven't put a single LED bulb in any of these. A burnt and melted flasher bulb in my TZ got me bit by the LED bug. What first was going to be a small set of flasher replacements to keep from melting any more domes has now turned into an all out addiction to wanting to LED all 4 of these games.
At first I looked at kits, including the pinballbulbs kits which add those nice spotlights to help light the playfield better in dim areas that I love. However I quickly realized that the community at large recommends just buying bulbs in bulk and doing this yourself rather than via kit. I could always add spotlights later at the end. So here I am looking at bulk bulbs.
I think I want to keep the more pure warm white look vs. the white look of LEDs so the games keep the more classic feel vs. the modern and almost digital feel I think that the cool whites bring. Don't get me wrong, that's also a cool look, I just think it feels a little too modern for my tastes, and I like the pins to retain their era look and feel.
I'm in Central Pennsylvania so a quick drive to Ardmore, PA -- Therefore I looked at CoinTaker, great reputation, though prices for bulk LED look higher vs. the also loved Comet Pinball. I liked Comet's description page and am thinking maybe starting with a box of 100 frosted sunlight or warm white of both style of wedge and bayonet would be a good crash course. I haven't counted bulbs on my 4 machines yet so no idea how far that will get me, maybe I should look closer to 200, that said, it can be a gradual process. I am still a bit torn on the warm white vs sunlight, and the frosted vs clear, though it sounds to me like the overall "safe bet" is the frosted sunlight for a fairly traditional feel. Am I on the right track?
I guess basically I just want to make sure I'm on the right track. I welcome any and all suggestions, realizing a lot of this comes down to personal preference, but hoping that my description of the effect I am trying to go for helps.