(Topic ID: 192974)

Twilight Zone Backbox Lighting


By Jimmyhonda

2 years ago



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  • Latest reply 2 years ago by BR80
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#1 2 years ago

Hello,
Can anyone tell me if there are blinkers or flashers in the Twilight Zone back box? I just bought one and it has all regular bulbs in it, which seems odd. Maybe include a picture of yours?? Thank you.

#2 2 years ago
Quoted from Jimmyhonda:

Hello,
Can anyone tell me if there are blinkers or flashers in the Twilight Zone back box? I just bought one and it has all regular bulbs in it, which seems odd. Maybe include a picture of yours?? Thank you.

I believe mine is also all bulbs, no flashers. So I think thats normal?

#3 2 years ago
Quoted from Jimmyhonda:

Hello,
Can anyone tell me if there are blinkers or flashers in the Twilight Zone back box? I just bought one and it has all regular bulbs in it, which seems odd. Maybe include a picture of yours?? Thank you.

No flashers.
All GI. Black sockets are for blinker bulbs. White sockets are for normal bulbs.

#4 2 years ago

TZ is somewhat unique in that 8 of the GI sockets initially contained the now hard to find #545 (#24-8825) wedge base bulbs, these are special blinker bulbs that Coyote mentions above, used only in TZ, DH and NGG. Those 8 sockets are a different color so easy to identify. Most TZs around probably just have the regular #555 bulbs in those sockets because over the years the #545s were hard to find, and I suspect most operators just found it easier to replace those from their #555 stock. But its a really nice effect to have the blinking ones installed if you can get them.

Here's a video showing that feature:

I just did a search and see that Pinball Life seems to still carry the incandescent #545 bulbs, but I don't think they are produced any more.

http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=3005

Years ago I installed a LED version made as a replacement, still available at Marco. They have worked really well.

http://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/05-545-WWB

#5 2 years ago

Good to know going to have a look at mine.

Thanks

#6 2 years ago

I did mine by mixing slow and fast blinking to my taste.

2 different bulbs, around half the price starting at $1.19

http://www.cometpinball.com/product-p/1smdfastblink.htm

#7 2 years ago

Another option keeping incandescent bulbs is following Ed Cheung's solution and switch to 44 sockets (which take cheap and easy to find 455 blinkers).
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Only problem, how to handle the single lug socket that Marco had in stock.
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How about Ed's pop bumper wiring trick?
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Ed's site here: http://www.edcheung.com/album/album08/pinball/tz.htm
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