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Friday, April 10, 2009

FIELD a fluorescent array, wirelessly powered - Hack a Day

FIELD a fluorescent array, wirelessly powered

posted Apr 10th 2009 1:24pm by Caleb Kraft
filed under: misc hacks


What would you do if you were driving along the highway and you glanced into a field to see a giant array of fluorescent tubes lit wirelessly from the electromagnetic fields of power lines. Back in 2004, [Richard Box] set up this display after hearing about a friend playing "light saber" with fluorescent tubes under power lines. The tubes can be lit pretty easily by have a variation in voltage between the ends. By sticking one end in the ground and the other up in the air, he's harnessing the strong magnetic field from the power lines. Though some thought the display was made to bring people's attention to possible hazards of living near the lines, [Box] states that he did it just because it looked cool.

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