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The Simplest Motor
FYI,The attached images show what I have made of your little monster...I made one of these boxes already, and am making a couple more right now.I composed the text and built a simple trip switch which turns the bulb on when the lid is opened. I stripped some cheapo speaker wire to get the nice fine strands for the grounding wires.I covered the bulb tip in epoxy to avoid zaps. I've stung myself a few times with these beasties and it will definitely wake you up!.professor jimboto, esq.
So.... I noodled around a bit and discovered that if you want the bulb to fluoresce when you touch it... reverse the polarity fo the wires going to the bulb. I.e. ground goes to tip of bulb plug. Positive goes to the threaded plug base. Or better still, a metal object which comes into contact with the glass of the bulb.