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Stern Tournament button wiring question

By treborlicec

7 years ago

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#1 7 years ago

I'm getting an AC/DC premium in a couple weeks and wanted to get a tournament button from Pinball Life. He does not sell a harness. Are the current games already wired for the button inside or do I need a harness? I wanted to have a pay tournament amongst friends every now and then. Thanks,

#3 7 years ago
Quoted from AkumaZeto:

Its wired but, The light wires have spades and the button wires need a diode on them followed by soldering them on.

So, I'll need to add a diode in line of one of the light wires? I don't like soldering to microswitches. I have tons of quick disconnects on hand. Maybe I'm not understanding totally.

#4 7 years ago

I found this online:

I understand what you were saying now. Thanks.

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#5 7 years ago

So, I went to hook up my button. The switch and tabs on in are tiny. Not like pictured in the above link. Anyone know what wire goes exactly where on the new style button/switch? Apparently, Stern has changed the assembly since the document came out. The QD's in the cab won't fit it. Don't really wanna solder each lead, but I can. May pick up some .100 QD's to change over to. Thanks for any help.

#7 7 years ago
Quoted from hank527:

<P>For it to work at least on the LE's you need to put an LED bulb in.</P>
<P>Green goes to center of switch. Diode wiring is in the instructions. The wire with the black shrink wrap will need to be soldered to the other side of the switch. </P>
<P>You should then be left with 2 wires. I do not think it matters how they are hooked to the light socket. Though you can test it. I have found the new buttons do not work on LEs without the LED bulb. </P>

The new switch has a teeny incandescent bulb. I'll see what I can come up with. I was hoping someone might have hooked one of these new mini switches up already and could get a pic or two.

#9 7 years ago

Should be fine. We just need to know which terminals are which on he new set up. I imagine the 2 together are for the light.

#12 7 years ago
Quoted from LTG:

<P>Use a battery and see which two light the light. If you can't tell the three lugs for the micro mini switch.</P>
<P>LTG <IMG title= src="/bbpress/my-plugins/bb-smilies/pinside/icon_smile.gif"> </P>

I can tell that the cluster of 3 are for the switch and the 2 together are for the light, but I need to know which wire color goes where and where to put the diode and what direction. Thanks for chiming in, Lloyd.

#15 7 years ago
Quoted from asnatlas:

<P>Thanks for the info. I will be installing a Tournament Button on my TRON. I don't get why they just don't install the $5.00 button... </P>

I wish they changed the cab wiring to match the new style switch they are selling to parts dealers. As it is, I have to cut the QD's off and solder this. I'm not ordering 100 QD's of the correct size for 8 or 9 dollars. Gonna give this a go tonight using the info, so far.

#17 7 years ago

Got this thing wired up and working, but the light won't light. It is a #86 bulb and I have no way to test the bulb. I did take the light wires from the tourney button and swap them to the start button and it flashes. I took the light wires from the start button and hooked them to the tourney light tabs and nothing. I assume a dead bulb and Terry is sending me a replacement. I've never had a game with #86's, so I don't have spares on hand or I wouldn't even bother him.

Oh, and I ended up using the standard wiring on the smaller tabs and they seemed to hold fine. Not loose. Thanks, all.

#19 7 years ago

Terry sent me a replacement #86 and no change. I have a tournament set up to run 30 days. I have my game on free play and set the tournament for a $0.00 prize pool. Light won't work in test or attract mode. Button works fine. I hook the lamp leads up to the start button and it flashes. Start button has a 555 style LED inside. I took that out and placed a standard 555 in there and it won't light. I hook the start button lamp leads to the #86 socket and it won't light that way either. I'm stumped. I hooked a spare socket to the lamp leads with a #47 in there and it won't light that either. It can't be looking for only LED's can it?

#21 7 years ago

I have not gone all the way back to the board, no. I have verified continuity to a certain point, but not back to the back box. Guess I'll grab the manual and do so later.

#24 7 years ago
Quoted from LTG:

Have you checked continuity of wiring from board in head to light bulb socket ?

OK. The 2 wires that are there for the tourney light are yellow with red tracer and red with yellow tracer. Red with yellow tracer goes all the way back to the back box. I'm assuming this is the ground. I followed the yellow with red tracer all the way to the end. It stops at a .100 IDC connector that plugs into the 3 LED board under the T.N.T. inserts. It tones out, so it has continuity all the way there, but that is where it stops. There are 2 other small connectors that leave that board and go to other LED boards. Also, there are 2 other yellow wires with red tracers in the back box. One on the aux driver board and it does not tone to my lamp wire, the other is to a non connected 6 pin molex and also does not tone. Guess I'm giving Pat a call again tomorrow. Ugh. I just want my tourney button to blink.

#26 7 years ago

Update. Chaz confirms I need to use a LED style 86 bulb. The LE's and Premiums are not set up to output the voltage for incandescents. Ordering some LEDs stat. So, for future LE purchasers, get a LED 86 when you order your tourney button.

5 months later
#29 7 years ago
Quoted from JoinTheCirqus:

Wow. Just ran into this problem myself. A real head scratcher until I saw your post. Thanks for the heads up!

As a follow up, my last tournament button I got from Terry at PBL had a LED 86 preinstalled in it. They must be coming that way from the factory now.

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#31 5 years ago
Quoted from Jeff_PHX_AZ:

Nope, I got a C555 incandescent bulb in my Tournament button, I bought the #86 LED from CT, but now it appears I need 555 wedge style. MeT premium is ran on only LED so the original bulb would not work.

I have purchased all my tourney buttons from Terry at PBL. Perhaps you bought from someone who still had old stock of tourney buttons with full size 555's.

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