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Re: Odd effect noticed
Original poster: "Christopher Boden by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <chrisboden-at-hotmail-dot-com>
>Original poster: "J. B. Weazle McCreath by way of Terry Fritz
>I had a friend drop by to see my coil earlier tonite and he had a
>double helix neon tube with him that I placed on top of the toroid
>to see what would happen when I fired the coil.
>As expected, the tube lit up quite brightly and a terrific pair of
>streamers emitted from the electrodes at the ends of the tube, a
>rather spectacular light show! Upon shutting down, we both noticed
>that the bulb continued to glow, albeit at a much reduced brightness,
>for about ten or more seconds. During that time, the bulb actually
>pulsed in brightness with a rate of about one pulse per second.
>The air in my shop was quite dry and cool at the time, and I thought
>that this pulsing might be the result of a residual charge on the
>toroid and secondary bleeding off, but why at such a low rate?
>Any ideas from you guru's as to what was going on there?
>73, Weazle, VE3EAR/VE3WZL
>Listening: 147.030+ and 442.075+
> or ve3ear-at-rac.ca
>Web site: www.hurontel.on.ca/~weazle
If the tubes are coated (I doubt it in this case) they will glow softly
after shutdown. I've noticed this with the blue neons that line the interior
of Geek-3. They are coated inside with a white poweder (I've broken a few).
There are 26 tubes throught Geek-3, and I noted this effect when working on
the car at 2am in total darkness. When I was done working I shut the lights
off and they glowed, it was cool :)
Christopher A. Boden Geek#1
President / C.E.O. / Alpha Geek
The Geek Group
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