Can I use an ignition coil to run the primary coil of my tesla coil?
Alright, I ask that everyone please read everything in this question before answering :). I hopefully going to be very thorough. I am building a tesla coil and am just about to give up and buy a NST. I have many high voltage sources laying around, but, so far I haven't had much luck. The first plan was to use a large ballast (florescent light) to drive a flyback, but it was to powerful, so I got a CFL driver, and it didn't work (not the driver so much as the whole project) so now I am left with an ignition coil. I know that I can use a light dimmer switch to power it, but it will still be 60hz I think and I here that is not safe for a tesla coil. Although, I don't think anyone is going to let high frequency and voltage arc across their skin anyway. So will something at this low of a frequency still work to power a tesla coil. If not do you have any ideas I can use. I have a flyback transformer and an ignition coil so any ideas that come to mind please share.