Re: dying neons-don't us them
From: Michael D. Freeman[SMTP:telwave-at-pacbell-dot-net]
Reply To: telwave-at-pacbell-dot-net
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 1997 8:56 PM
To: Tesla List
Subject: Re: dying neons-don't us them
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> From: Kevin[SMTP:wawa-at-spectra-dot-net]
> Reply To: wawa-at-spectra-dot-net
> Sent: Sunday, August 31, 1997 8:15 PM
> To: Tesla List
> Subject: dying neons
> I am having a little trouble with my neons. I believe it is because I
> am over stressing them but I'd like to know what I can do to save them.
> The other night, I was testing out my toriod and a sphere and I was
> getting my largest arcs yet. Anyway, none of my runs went longer than
> 15-20 sec and then eventually, everything would stop and the neon would
> make a low, quietsounding buzz/hum. I didn't leave it plugged in when I
> noticed that. I'd run it a bit longer and it'd happen again. The neon
> also began to warm. My safety gap would fire occasionally. What
> exactly is happening in the system that causes it to fire anyway? I
> have two chokes, but perhaps they aren't good enough. They're 8" of 2"
> diam. pvc wound with regular (not magnet wire) 22 awg insulated wire. I
> recall some one suggesting that you use the same wire used for the
> secondary, what's the story on that? I don't have any capacitors from
> my neon to ground either. Would that make a difference?
> I'm not able to come across neons very readily so I want to protect what
> I got. Sure, I could always set my spark gap smaller and not turn up
> the voltage all the way, but what fun would that be? :)
> any suggestions would be great
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