DIY light diffusion for pinball LEDs

Posted by Ryan Wanger on

Do you have a bulb that is just a little too bright when you catch a direct glimpse of it? Or perhaps it is casting an unwanted halo onto some playfield plastics? Grab a sheet of sandpaper and get rubbing!

This easy technique uses something you’ve probably already got around the house. We prefer 1500 grit, but different ratings will work too, each producing a slightly different look. Usually it’s just the top of the lens on the bulb that is creating the problem, so start there and see how it comes out.

Some lighting enthusiasts out there love doing this trick with our colored lens indicator bulbs, which are usually used for controlled lights above the playfield that came with a rubber hat on them (to provide color in an otherwise incandescent world).

Consider getting some sandpaper to help you fine tune the look of your meticulous lighting job!

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