(Topic ID: 250825)

Turning Bingo Playfield into Wall Art

By Hoopoebird

11 months ago

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#1 11 months ago

I won an online auction and am about to be the lucky owner of an unpopulated Bally Ticker Tape (1972) playfield. I'd love to turn it into awesome light-up wall art (I have very little in the way of woodworking skills, so a coffee table is probably out of the question).

I've read lots of posts from people who buy LED strings on Amazon and turn old playfields into cool art--but has anyone done this with a bingo playfield? Unlike a regular pinball playfield, there are no plastic inserts meant to have light bulbs behind them. Still, it would be cool to somehow get lights into the 25 numbered playfield holes.

Has anyone done this? What's your technique? Is there a plastic insert the right size, and I should just buy 25 of those and put bulbs behind them? Or is there some other way to do the lighting to make this look cool? I'm open to creative suggestions.

(The playfield image below is from IPDB, not mine. I pick mine up this weekend.)


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#2 11 months ago

I thought mebbe a steel ball in the hole & lit behind it, then thought a mebbe a translucent super ball

not sure if bingo balls are larger the pinballs or not,

interested in what you come up with.

#3 11 months ago

each hole switch sits in a cutout area on the top side of the hole. If you don't have the switch assemblies or you remove them, you'll have a recessed area in the back side of the playfield and a notch that light will can come thru to get indirect illumination of the hole.

you'll also have 8 holes where the playfield lights are mounted ... the white things with the red tops ... and if it's just the plywood, a big hole under where the red cap is.

The holes are around 1-1/4" in diameter. You'll need something inside or behind the holes unless you want to see what's on the wall behind where you hang it.

#4 11 months ago

Several TGI Friday's restaurants have Bally Bingo playfields hanging as wall art. Usually not lit or front lit with a hanging picture lamp.

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