I was in the exact same spot with the lights. Every time I had a party, a board would go out. Because of the serial lighting, that usually meant half the lights went out, killing the best feature of the game. I was pulling the glass off and taking boards out constantly. I was at the point of just selling, even though I loved the pin. Of course, selling meant sticking someone else with the problem. So I decided to go with the 2.0 switch.
No one has less mechanical/ee skills than me. As many have commented, the project is more time consuming and tedious than anything else. The real challenge is all the different versions of Woz, which make the instructions confusing. Vireland's notes really help. I had some post-project issues, but had great help from Butch Peel at JJP. We talked about ways to improve the instructions. Butch has that project on his list. I'm going to email him some proposed edits. They should make separate instructions for each version of Woz. It would be an easy improvement, and it would make the instructions much better.
I'm glad I made the switch. If I do sell, I'm not sticking someone with a high maintenance headache. It's nice turning on the game and knowing it will work. Simple concept.