(Topic ID: 72496)

TZ Twilight Zone Hallmark TV Mod--Adding a Simple Light

By Billy16

6 years ago

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#1 6 years ago

Has anyone added a light behind the screen of the Hallmark TV? I kinda like the B&W screen that is on the ornament and would like to illuminate it. It seems like it would be pretty easy to do, but I have no idea of the best/easiest way to accomplish this. If anyone has done this (or has a good idea) and doesn't mind sharing, please let me know. I have it mounted in the usual location, upper RH corner.

#2 6 years ago

My inclination would be to tie a small LED into the GI lighting surrounding the gumball area.
Should be a total piece of cake to accomplish.

Rigging up the LED into the TV model should be the hardest part. And also a total piece of cake.
BTW, I don't possess this model. I'm just throwing out my .02

2 months later
#3 5 years ago

Well, I figured the lack of response meant this had to be so easy it was a dumb question (yes, there are dumb questions) to ask. Thanks for the encouragement, Fanatic.

So, I stopped by the local pinball guru's place and showed him what I wanted to do. The reply (as Fanatic said)--piece of cake! He gave me a salvaged 44 socket with attached wires and told me to go to town. The only tricky part might be getting a hole in the back panel without cracking the plastic. A burn thru via a soldering iron was suggested. Just for grins, I thought maybe a spade bit might just be the ticket. I twisted in a 1/2" spade bit by carefully by hand--whattayaknow--perfect cut! Put in a frosted 47 WW led I had laying around and hot glued the socket onto the back of the TV. Wired the leads up to a GI bulb, and voila! Not Las Vegas brite, but it did what I wanted it to do and lit up the screen.

#4 5 years ago

I have that same TV in the back of my game, but it has a Key chain type LCD screen in it that is loaded with various scenes from the TV series. Works really well, will take pictures after work if interested.

#5 5 years ago

That is a super cool mod, but I figured that one was a little beyond my capabilities!

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