Re: neon primary?

Hi all!

Hmm..that brings up a thought....is it just the discharge that
creates the magnetic field?  I thought it had to be moving along a
conductor.  If not, then how powerful of a magnetic field does the
arc have?  Just a thought....

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Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2000 9:47 PM
Subject: Re: neon primary?

>Original Poster: Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>
>Hi Trent,
>        The primary needs to conduct hundreds of amps at very low
(like an ohm
>or two resistance).  I don't think neon type gasses would do that
well enough.
>However, you could probably easily just place a neon tube near the
primary and
>it would light too and it would light from the nearby energy.
>Of course, you could always give it a try even with a extra turn
or two of neon
>tubing...  who knows...  I would think adding neon around a Tesla
coil could
>add some neat effects!  Maybe a toroid filled with gas.  The
resistance could
>be very high in that case...  Maybe like a plasma ball that could
reach out and
>get you ;-))  Many possibilities there...
>        Terry
>At 08:11 PM 05/08/2000 -0600, you wrote:
>> Hey everybody,
>> I had an idea that I hope someone could tell me if it'll work...
>> As some of you know I work in a large neon sign shop.
>> I could easily fabricate a primary coil out of 8-18mm neon
>> Would this work?
>> It sure would look cool!!
>> Sorry if this is a dumb question...I'm still a newbie.
>> Thanks,
>> Trent Mullins
>> <mailto:neontrent-at-earthlink-dot-net>neontrent-at-earthlink-dot-net
>> (bendin' glass & passin' gas for a livin')