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While running some lighting experiments I stumbled upon the glow lamp effect.

I am intending on applying some pretty to the base and presenting it as a gift.




You will be working with a deep vacuum in glass, high voltage and compressed argon gas, be sure to play safe. Use all appropriate safety precautions.

Step 1: How it began.

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This experiment started out as a way to build a Nixie Tube. (I will show this in another instructable).

This led to extensive reading and research on the subject.

I built a small vacuum chamber out of an old jam jar and some ABS plastic. (I will show this in this instructable)

I was playing with a cold cathode lights as a way to power the tube and the result was shown here.

The violet light is from the argon gas used. Neon (fire red light) is not available locally


Step 2: Materials

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You will need:

A jar
Some nickel wire
10-24 brass screws
10-24 brass nuts
1/2 inch thick ABS plastic.
Schrader type refrigeration adapter
Cold cathode power supply
DC power adapter.
epoxy adhesive

Argon
Vacuum pump
Refrigeration Gauge set
scrap wood for a base
 
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jakobus92 years ago
how can you use a vacuum and argon at the same time ?? that's really weird?
+ where do you get a bottle of argon in the first place?
canucksgirl2 years ago
That would make a cool Valentines Gift. - Great job :)
Random_Canadian (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Thanks... that is what I was planning.

I will be posting another type of glow lamp in the near future...
Can't wait to see it. :D
Interesting! I look forward on how to build the Nixie tube....
I am curious, the argon, it looks to me like the type of cylinder you get for welding.... I was wondering if smaller cylinders exist... (I don't exactly have space to store a large cylinder, nor really anyway to transport it easily.....

Thank you,
and Happy Making!
~Electfire
Yes there are smaller cylinders you can get of Argon. Contact a local welding supply company.
There are also small canisters for reserving wine. Here is a link to show you what they look like. Just not sure if they will be enough for this project.
http://www.beveragefactory.com/wine/preservation/winesaverpro/argon_gas_canister.shtml
Thanks for the info!
(Do people REALLY pay to use argon to preserve wine? Why not just drink it?)
(Because argon is a gas and is difficult to drink? ;D )
^Ha ha, I was referring to drinking all the wine at once.... though I am not old enough (in the US) to drink so I don't know if drinking a whole bottle of wine would be a good thing to do.......
omnibot2 years ago
Nice application, looking forward to the nixie-tube.
I've had some luck in finding Cold Cathode Drivers in slightly older (90's) flatbed scanners.
kretzlord2 years ago
would a CFL driver circuit work for this application?
Probably but it would be overkill in this application. A cold cathode driver is more appropriate, usually they give 200ma at 1500-2000v.