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How Does a Nixie Tube Work?

On June 5, 2019, Posted by , In Facts about clocks,How it works, With No Comments

Ron O’Donnell I love Nixie tubes, they are so vintage and warm. Simply put, these are neon light bulbs filled with rarefied Neon. There are one common electrode and many additional electrodes. High voltage (about 180 volts) makes this bulb glow. It’s important to know that Nixie tubes are different…

What Are Vacuum Tubes?

On May 21, 2019, Posted by , In Facts about clocks,How it works,vacuum tube clock, With No Comments

Michael LeRoy (electronics, programming) Generally speaking, a vacuum tube is a glass tube with at least one heater element (filament). The air is pumped out, and an additional metal piece is connected to the tube. Vacuum tubes were replaced by contemporary transistors and have performed the same kind of work….

Why Are Nixie Tubes and Nixie Tube Watches so Expensive?

On May 21, 2019, Posted by , In Facts about clocks,How it works, With No Comments

Henry Blake, electronics The reason is that nobody is making nixie tubes on a commercial basis nowadays. They are popular among people who like vintage devices and their futuristic appearance. For example, check out any sci-fi movie from the 60s or 70s, and you’ll certainly see nixie tubes there. Today,…

Safety Precautions with Nixie Clocks

On March 25, 2019, Posted by , In Facts about clocks,How it works,Nixie Tube Care, With No Comments

Safety Precautions Assembling Nixie Clocks with High Voltages Question Ricco Hey guys, I’m assembling a nixie clock according to common instructions and at this point, I need to test high voltage components. The power supply is 12 V 250 mA, up to 170 volts. As far as I know, it’s…

GESCHICHTE DER NIXIE RÖRE

On June 23, 2018, Posted by , In Facts about clocks, With No Comments

1952 wurde die Nixieröhre von den Haydu-Brüdern als Vorläufer des Computer Monitors für die Burroughs Corporation entwickelt. Der Name des Versuchsprojektes “Numerical Indicator experimental”: NIX-1 wurde als NIXIE schnell zum allgemein bekannten Namen dieser Ziffernanzeige-Röhren. Bis LEDs ihren Siegeszug in den 70er Jahren antraten, waren Nixie-Röhren die beinahe einzigen numerischen…

Catchy 10 facts about the time and clocks

On October 24, 2016, Posted by , In Facts about clocks, With No Comments

A day on Mars is only 39 minutes longer than an Earth’s day. The impression ‘in clockwise order’ is quite usual for us, but have you ever though why does it go that way, not opposite direction? It all goes from the sun-dial, when the shadow of a so-called clock-hand…