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Back to the Arcade Neon Sign

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Back to the Arcade neon sign, turned off
Back to the Arcade neon sign, turned off

What says game room more than a neon sign?  And what could be better than a retro Back to the Future sign rethemed to an arcade sign?  I picked this up a while back off a custom neon sign shop, but unfortunately they no longer sell them.  Luckily, they sell them now on ebay.  As far as quality goes, the light sometimes doesn’t turn on the first time but after that it works fine.

Back to the Arcade neon sign, turned on
Back to the Arcade neon sign, turned on

It’s one of my favorite decorations in my game room, and my only neon sign currently.  Hopefully that will change someday.

Searching for “Back to the Arcade Neon Sign” on ebay brings the sign up if you’re interested in buying one.

Movie poster lighted wall alcoves

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Movie poster single lighted wall alcove
Movie poster single lighted wall alcove

When I was building my basement, one of the ideas I had came from a picture I saw online, which was of a lighted alcove with a vase in it.  Looking at it, I thought I could expand the concept to some movie poster lighted wall alcoves.  I’ve got a picture of them below:

Movie poster lighted wall alcoves
Movie poster lighted wall alcoves

I think the frames I was using were some 40″ x 27″ movie poster frames from Bed Bath and Beyond I believe.  They’ve worked pretty well so far.  The downside of doing the alcoves is that in most situations you have to extend out the wall to make space for the posters.  In this situation, I’ve got a GU20 50w can light for the top light, and the spaces are framed out by 2″ x 6″ boards.  The curve was done with some bendable 1/4″ or 1/8″ wood in two separate pieces.

Nebraska Cornhusker Pub Table

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Nebraska Cornhusker Pub Table
Nebraska Cornhusker Pub Table

I got this Nebraska Cornhusker Pub table a while back.  I was running into an issue where people playing ping pong or watching TV needed a table for their drink or a place to sit, and this was the best answer:

nebraska-cornhusker-pub-table-pic-2-large

Obviously I got a Cornhusker one but there are ones for all the major NCAA teams.

Nebraska Cornhusker Bottlecap Sign

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Nebraska Cornhusker Bottlecap Sign
Nebraska Cornhusker Bottlecap Sign

Hope you like Nebraska stuff, because here’s another one, lol.  I got this a while back.  Some stores carry it but it’s probably easiest to order it off Amazon affiliate link here:

All the other teams are available as well, but obviously being a Cornhusker fan I gravitate towards them.  Of course, being a Cornhusker fan has been a little bit harder lately after the beatdown we got from Ohio State.

Upgrading your Super CHEXX Bubble Hockey Lighting

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The original bulb that came in the original CHEXX game and the Super CHEXX game had one major issue—it produced a large amount of heat, that could cause plastic warping or other heat related issues.  The cover of my bubble hockey light was warped from heat.  If you read below, I’ll go through the steps you need to upgrade your bubble hockey lighting.

I had seen some suggestions in online forums to try doing some LED lighting in the game instead, now that LED’s were more affordable.  Some people had used LED strips (which seemed a little hacky although effective) and others had used LED bulbs, almost all of which were no longer available since the posts were older.

I decided to go and try and figure out some good bulbs on my own, keeping in mind the wattage for the original bulb to make sure that I didn’t overdraw the circuit.  The bulbs I found were these:

new led bulbs from amazon

I ordered the bulbs from Amazon through this affliate link:

Amazon LED bulb link

To install the bulbs, I had lift up the dome so I could see the underside of the scoreboard.  From there, you can see the four screws that need to be unscrewed to access the bulbs.

bubble hockey underneath scoreboard

After removing the screws, inserting the bulbs is pretty easy.  Here is a picture after they are already installed. 

led bulbs installed in bubble hockey

This is what the old bulbs look like (1156 bulbs):

old bubble hockey 1156 bulbs

It ended working great.  Here’s the before picture:

bubble hockey old lamp

And here’s the after picture:

bubble hockey after LED picture

If you look at the pictures, the biggest difference is in how much light is out by the edges of the playfield, the center is largely the same.  Obviously the biggest advantage is one you can’t even see, the amount of heat being way less than before. 

If you have other bubble hockey questions, check out my guide here:

Bubble Hockey Guide

Or look for other bubble hockey articles I’ll be posting in the coming months.