Electric Pickle Lamp

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Introduction: Electric Pickle Lamp

About: Married to Domestic_Engineer (but I call her Meghan).
Plug a pickle into a 120V AC outlet and watch in glow.

Materials:
  • Pickle
  • AC power cord
  • Thick copper wire
Procedure:
  1. Cut and strip the power cord.  Wrap together the neutral and ground wires.  Cut the live wire about 6 inches shorter than the neutral/ground.  This will reduce accidental shorts.
  2. Cut 2 pieces of thick copper wire, about 3 inches long  I used a piece pulled from a household electrical wire (the kind that go in the wall)
  3. Stick the wires in the pickle
  4. Connect the AC power cord to the copper wires.  I've used a cheap set of jumper cables between the power cord and the pickle. 
  5. Plug the the power cord into an electrical outlet.
  6. Wait for the pickle to glow.  It took about 10 seconds to get going.
  7. Unplug everything.
  8. Be careful -- safety eighth!
Science:
The sodium in the pickle burns yellow.  Yellow street lights are sodium-vapor lamps.

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    22 Discussions

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    mrmerino
    mrmerino

    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is a really cool project. On an unrelated note, I just thought of an awesome band name.

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    jasmineab1203
    jasmineab1203

    Reply 7 months ago

    What was it?

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    Kiteman
    Kiteman

    8 years ago on Introduction

    It will work on 110V? I thought it needed more than that.

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    marc.cryan
    marc.cryan

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Yup - This is from a regular 110V household outlet (North America) - on a 15amp fuse.

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    Toga_Dan
    Toga_Dan

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    It might blow up with 240. Safety glasses, yo.

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    marc.cryan
    marc.cryan

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I don't see why not -- careful though. My only 240V circuit is behind the dryer. Did not work with a 12V car battery.

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    parmleyns22
    parmleyns22

    2 years ago

    I am doing it for my science fair project. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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    carl5blum
    carl5blum

    3 years ago

    Works fine on 240v, 50cyc. in New Zealand.

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    ScullRipper
    ScullRipper

    4 years ago

    Does it work on a cucumber or a tomato?

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    Toga_Dan
    Toga_Dan

    7 years ago on Introduction

    nice lamp.

    I wouldn't eat it. There's likely to be metal from the wires /nails dissolved in it, and possibly even a bit of metalic sodium (toxic)

    One of those chem ironies that sodium ions in salt is a necessity for life, but metallic sodium is toxic. I don't really know if the current will separate sodium.

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    LesB
    LesB

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Is said pickle still edible after the experiment?

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    Grzld
    Grzld

    8 years ago on Introduction

    We do this all the time in physics, because we can.