Project: The Inner Light
Hi all, as requested I am sharing the progress on my work to enhance the illumination on my #STTNG machine. Most (if not all) things should help other machines too.
My focus is to help LED lamps look really good on the board.
I've done a few experiments and interventions, and here are two:
1. The reflector
I designed a plastic reflector that can snap to the head of the LED #555s and can be positioned to direct the light in a right angle from it. So all lamps positioned parallel to the playfield can really shine
The problem that bothered me a lot is very common: see image below.
And the reflector changes the quality and distribution a lot!
You can download and 3D print (or have it 3D printed) freely from:
In this Thingverse pageuse a white filament or glue a aluminium foil inside it (mine are white, it works very well).
This current version is the first working design and I have already thought of some improvements, but I'll wait for your feedback to modify the current version.
2. Frosted Plastic
I used some leftovers of frosted plastic (1mm thick) and cut it to fit the bumpers and to diffuse the light on some G.I. lamps that shine into the player's eyes. The result we awesome. Nice illumination and more spread out light.
Check the images.
This is the beginning of my Inner Light project where I enhance the lighting on the STTNG by minimally invasive and totally reversible means (no permanent alteration to the machine).
Future experiments include:
6V led strip to illuminate back part of the machine (above Borg Ship), 6V G.I. compatible LEDs/Strips to illuminate underside of ramps when these are "active", additional elements on the G.I. to clear parts of the field that are shadowed or dark (like to the lower left of the Neutral Zone, etc.).
Cheers and enjoy! And any suggestions, criticisms etc. are welcome.Naceles Illum (resized).jpgProblems1 (resized).jpgReflector Pos1 (resized).jpgReflector Pos2 (resized).jpgReflector-Perspective (resized).pngReflector-Views (resized).jpgReflectors Shields Lit (resized).jpgShields Illumination (resized).jpgTransluscent plastic-Bumpers-away (resized).jpgTransluscent plastic-Bumpers-top (resized).jpg