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The amazing Plasma Binary Clock, Steampunk style.

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A couple of month ago Mr. Longwinters  send me some plasma (NEON) bulbs wit European E-27 windings.
Mr Junophor offered me a big peace of mahagony wood. So I had the basic material for a steampunked binary clock.
The clock is driven by a CControl micro controller and some solid state relais.
A small Basic program reads the internal clock (controlled by a DCF signal), converts the values to binary format and sets the bulbs.
A 5V relay is used to simulate the ticking of a clock.
 
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Step 1: The wood and materials

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Here are the materials and the parts for mounting the NEON bulbs to the clock.

Step 2: The electronics

Picture of The electronics
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The bulbs are controlled by a MC from Conrad Electronics (CControl Basic) a small, easy to use controller which can be programmed in BASIC. The Controller is able to drive 16 IOs and has a special input for a DSF antenna. This antenna is able to receive the time signal from a LW . transmitter located near Frankfurt.
The bulbs are connected to an interface board with solid state relais and the driver IC´s. A ticking sound is simulated by a small 5V relais.
I used this: Solid State Relays  (S102T01 Series) and this driver IC´s: ULN2803A because the MC board is only capable of driving 10mA.
The resistors are for limiting the current.

Step 4: Mounting the electronics and cabling

The cabling to the bulbs was made under need the electronics board. I used special insulated thin wires. The are able to insulate up to 500V. I separated the low power and the high power part completely from each other due to security reasons.

A small 5V power supply gives the power to the electronics.
The small relay simulates the ticking sound.

I used two switches, one for disabling the ticking noise. :-)
and one for switching the bulbs off during night.

During the tests I found that it is better to raise the antenna a bit. The signal is now stronger and the clock syntonization is faster.
longwinters10 months ago
Hey those lamps look very familiar great job putting them to work
Horatius.Steam (author)  longwinters10 months ago
Oh yes! Thank you for sending the lamps to us :-)
Holy! You're on a roll! Just a bit ago this one of yours made Hack-a-Day! Here it is by the way.
Have another "Congratulations"!
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Orngrimm10 months ago
Ah... "Illumination"! Wie cool is das denn?
Ich hätte da volldoof wohl einfach "Licht" oder "Beleuchtung" geschrieben...
Aber Illumination ist der Oberhammer. :)
thechocolatist10 months ago
Fantastic!! Your pieces of art are changing the Steampunk world!
Thank you for sharing.
Cheers The Chocolatist
Junophor10 months ago
Very impressive

Really fantastic work
Yours Aeon Junophor
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