Back in the 1970's, the now largely forgotten, nixie tubes were the height of display technology. Resembling vacuum tubes, nixie tubes are actually a cold-cathode tube variant of a neon lamp. While still functional they are fragile when compared to LED's and to some extent LCD's. Having formerly graced the cockpits of aircraft, the faces of countless scientific tools and other interesting uses, they are now more commonly found in expensive art clocks. 

In this guide you'll find step-by-step instructions for 10 different nixie tube projects.  All projects come from, are written by our creative community, and contain pictures for each step so you can easily make these yourself. 

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Laura Khalil

Editor: Outside, Play, Technology, Workshop