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what electronic part is this?? Answered

what electronic part is this .What is it used for and some more details on it?!

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Dr.Bill
Dr.Bill

11 years ago

NE 2 neon bulb.

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ShutterBugger
ShutterBugger

11 years ago

I have used these as a detector for microwaves. I twisted the leads together, put it on a stick, and when I stuck it in the microwave beam. It glows where the beam hits it. ~Bob~

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imakethings
imakethings

Answer 11 years ago

thanks folks!

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Looks like a neon bulb to me L

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ll.13
ll.13

11 years ago

It looks to me like a light bulb, try rigging it up to two AA batteries, or a 9v battery (with the risk of blowing it)

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AndyGadget
AndyGadget

Answer 11 years ago

That is a neon bulb. It needs a voltage of more than 90 volts and then it will give a faint orange glow.

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AndyGadget
AndyGadget

Answer 11 years ago

HERE is the wiki article on it. It was used as an indicator lamp before LEDs were invented. Because the old equipment was valve driven (instead of transistor) there would be high enough voltage power supplies to power them.
It's what started me in electronics about 40 years ago. Put one of these in parallel with a capacitor and connect it to a 90 volt battery and you have a neon flasher.