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Technics 1210 pop up light?

I recently installed two pop lights and two tone arms on a set of technics 1210s. Use technics replacement parts. Everything works fine except for one of the pop lights. when i press the start/stop button the pop up light goes faint. Also when i slow down or speed up the platter with my hand it also goes faint. i have tried changing the wires coming from the bulb around. but there is no change. I have also checked my soldering to make sure their are no problems with any of the connections.

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Maybe you should try putting a smaller (in Watts) lamp in the pop light...

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