Re: Practical use of a tesla coil (fwd)

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Date: Sat, 20 Dec 1997 01:11:38 GMT
From: Jim Fosse <jim.fosse-at-bjt-dot-net>
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
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.
Julian, Alfred and Adam,

These are used to start Xenon arc lamps. After the HV initiates the
discharge, only the 100 volt 100ish amp supply is used. These lamps
are very bright, run very hot and have the unfortunate habit of