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Would a van de graaff be a good display to go with halloween? Answered

i was hoping to build a 500,000 volt vdg for halloween in the coming weeks up to halloween mainly because sparkes of that size are quite impressive but i am un sure because others may not be impressed and i would have wasted my money

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NachoMahmaBest Answer (author)2010-10-17

. Anyone who's not impressed by a 500kV lightning bolt isn't worth impressing. ;)

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CrLz (author)2010-10-17
Jacob's Ladder is much more Spooky film. Quote from Wikipedia:

Jacob's Ladder (disambiguation)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Jacob's Ladder may also refer to:
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* High voltage traveling arc, an electrical effect, classic in cinematic portrayal of laboratories

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steveastrouk (author)2010-10-17

A Tesla would be more spectacular.

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Kiteman (author)steveastrouk2010-10-17

+1

VdGs are fun, but don't give much in the way of a light-show.

If you have one, why not use it to supply a charge to a patch of foil around your door-bell?

Just make sure you post a sign on the gate; "if you have a heart condition, please do not ring the bell..."

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Burf (author)2010-10-17

It would impress the hell out of me, for sure. You could make it the centerpiece of a Dr. Frankenstein laboratory using the light from the electrical arc as stage lighting.
Keep it behind glass (front window) so kids, dogs and bats don't get zapped.

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seandogue (author)2010-10-17

As long as you keep it far away enough from people that you can't be sued for anything and no one can be hurt..

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