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What type of wire is used on light boards and where do I buy it?


By Mr_Tantrum

8 months ago



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    #1 8 months ago

    I'm having a custom backglass made for a pin, so I want to build a new custom light board with a corresponding layout. I can make the board myself from MDF (I assume just paint the front white or use some reflective material on it). I also can get all of the bulb sockets I need from Marco's. The one thing I can't seem to find based upon my searching is what kind of wire to use and where to get it. Can someone please educate me?

    Here is a pic of what I am referring to: the non-insulated silver colored wires that connect to all of the socket leads.
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    #2 8 months ago

    http://pinrestore.com/Supplies.html

    Tinned copper wire about 1/2 way down the page.

    Some people use Picture wire, but that is steel and is not the correct item for this.

    #3 8 months ago
    Quoted from slochar:

    http://pinrestore.com/Supplies.html
    Tinned copper wire about 1/2 way down the page.
    Some people use Picture wire, but that is steel and is not the correct item for this.

    Perfect, thank you.

    #4 8 months ago

    One more question. Since it is purchased by the foot, do you know about how many feet it typically takes to do a light board (I know it will vary some, but just trying to get an estimate from someone with experience)?

    #5 8 months ago

    I just buy a lot of it and keep it for various projects (I have over 10 playfield swaps to complete/start).

    Just kind of measure it out and then get some extra.

    #6 8 months ago

    Whatever you think you'll need - double it. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Plus it's pretty inexpensive...

    #7 8 months ago

    Is there a place to buy a spool instead of by the foot that you are aware of? I've google searched like crazy but have come up empty.

    #8 8 months ago

    you can find spools on Amazon search for bus wire.

    #9 8 months ago

    Everything I find there is solid core and not stranded, but I’ll keep looking.

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