Re: Practical use of a tesla coil

From: 	Adam[SMTP:absmith-at-tiac-dot-net]
Sent: 	Sunday, December 14, 1997 9:50 PM
To: 	Tesla List
Subject: 	Re: Practical use of a tesla coil

>> Ive recently been working with a TV and film lighting company (ARRI)
>> and they use tesla coils in the balast units for their high power
>> discharge lights.   The tesla coil is used as an ignighter for the lamp
>> and generates 4" of spark, no toroid, just heavilly insulated wire.
>Could you give some more details about the lamp this coil drives?
>I vaguely remember that a product called "earth light" also contained a 
>small Tesla coil to drive a electrodeless fluorescent tube to yield high
>efficiency lighting, these however were designed for residential usage in a 
>normal light bulb socket.

Yeah, i'd like to know the details too.  Sounds as if it may be a large 
cold-cathode lamp similar to a scaled up version of a xenon photoflash 
tube, only continuous.

Whatever it is, I'll bet it runs hot :-)


Adam Smith
Epoch, Inc. Digital Music Project

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