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Why is my sodium chlorate glowing? Answered

I was making some sodium chlorate using https://www.instructables.com/id/EGXGY5PF23Z375E/, but instead of using some 9v, i put a bridge rectifier on to my AC power (i live in south Africa so 240v) and the I put what i hope was DC into the salt water, which began to glow and made a noise. Why was it glowing and is there any danger to let it run for 2 hours?

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lemonie

Best Answer 8 years ago

I think you're putting too much current through it, Do you see any boiling water? L

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BOOM5601lemonie

Answer 8 years ago

Also, I remember someone putting mains through a pickle, and it glowing, and they said it was because of the sodium in the salt. Could this be the cause?

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lemonieBOOM5601

Answer 8 years ago

The sodium ions conduct electricity, getting hot and glowing is a feature of the electrical energy being converted to heat (it's a Power=I2 R relationship)

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Berkinlemonie

Answer 8 years ago

I thought chlorine ions conducted electricity, too...

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V-Man737BOOM5601

Answer 8 years ago

I LOVE the glowing pickle!!!!!!1

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BOOM5601lemonie

Answer 8 years ago

I wasn't looking into the bowl, I was scrambling to turn off the AC.

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lemonieBOOM5601

Answer 8 years ago

You've put too much current through this, find a 12/9/6/4.5V supply. L

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seandogue

8 years ago

What you're seeing is a chemical effect called chemiluminesence. It is caused by heating the bleach, in this case, as Lemonie points out heating by injecting too much current into the solution.

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Re-design

8 years ago

"Captain, I've given er all tha power she's goit. I think she's gonna blow!"

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Kiteman

8 years ago

It's cold fusion, it's going to blow, RUN!