Gottlieb System 80 LED bulbs????

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Gottlieb System 80 LED bulbs????

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Recently bought Panthera, Gottlieb System 80, pin from Sylvain and was wondering if I can swap the bulbs, PF and BG, with LED bulbs without adding any mods or anything like I had to with my old Stern Magic game. Would love to brighten the game up and mess with the colors a bit.

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Re: Gottlieb System 80 LED bulbs????

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I have never tried LED bulbs in a Gottlieb System 1 or System 80 pinball, however I expect
they should work without mods, for both GI and controlled lamps, without flickering or ghosting.

Reason: GI uses the usual 6.3VAC power feed as other games, and controlled lamps are driven by
Darlington transistors on the Driver board, instead of SCRs used on early SS Bally & Stern machines.
...I am sure someone will chime-in with actual experience/results !

Make sure you select quality LEDs - I have fixed machines of people who used cheapo LEDs
that were intermittent, shorted and took a drive transistor with it, or fell apart.

Good luck!
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I've used them on sys 1 and 80 with no issues
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Just did my black hole. Full LED. no issues. Great buy on that Pantera BTW.
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Update on my Panthera LED upgrade

PF almost all done. Not sure if I will do the BG or not
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Re: Gottlieb System 80 LED bulbs????

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DrSmooth wrote:
Tue Jan 04, 2022 8:09 am
Just did my black hole. Full LED.
...so it's not BLACK hole anymore is it?
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Wow! That’s looks great!
Those made an Old game look New!
Are they frosted?
Cool brite or Super brite LEDs?
It’s now time for me to ditch the incandescents.

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Re: Gottlieb System 80 LED bulbs????

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Oh...it's still very much Black Hole...as the playfield only has about 15 GI. I should add more!
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