RE: Light Dimmer to Adjust Spark Gap Fan?

Thought I would post a link to a site where they describe  how to modify a
light dimmer to work with neon. I realize a variac is the proper device to
use in our intended application but I thought it might make for interesting
reading anyway.


Michael Doyle - Lab Technician
Cherry Electrical Products
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Pleasant Prairie, WI  53158-0913
Phone: (414) 942-6627
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EMAIL: mdoyle-at-cherrycorp-dot-com <mdoyle-at-cherrycorp-dot-com> 
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        Sent:   Wednesday, March 24, 1999 12:26 AM
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        Subject:        Light Dimmer to Adjust Spark Gap Fan?

        Original Poster: Adam <psycho-at-tradewind-dot-net> 

        I've heard that you can't use a light dimmer on a Tesla coil because
        they can't handle inductive loads.  This makes sense, because that
        just be too easy.

        What I'm wondering is whether I can use a light dimmer on the fan
        cooling my spark gap.  I mean, a fan isn't nearly as electrically
        complicated as a Tesla coil, and I'm always looking for budget