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  1. Lee Merlas

    Lee Merlas

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    Hey guys. I'm working on a gift for a friend. She really likes neon lamps so I decided to make one for her. Question is, how do i connect a UV bulb to an AC source of 220v with a plug? Any info would really help me. Thanks :) :)
     
  2. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

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    That's an almost impossible question to answer and is also an indication that you possibly don't know much about electricity.

    I'm sure you don't want a dead friend, so you'll understand the importance of safety.

    If it's a bulb with a normal light globe fitting then you simply place it in a lamp socket. Otherwise it may require anything from a standard ballast to a complete specialised driver.

    Also note that (depending on the range of UV emitted and the power) it may be hazardous you your eyes and even your skin.
     
  3. Lee Merlas

    Lee Merlas

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    ok. so where do i connect the lamp socket?
     
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    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

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    Does the lamp fit into a normal household light fitting?
     
  5. Lee Merlas

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    yes i think
     
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    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

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    In that case buy a desk lamp or something to plug it into or just give her the bulb and tell her to place it into a socket.
     
  7. shrtrnd

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    Are you thinking neon bulb, or blacklight (UV) bulb? I'm wondering if we're talking about what you're actually thinking.
    Both are commerically available here in the States, mostly from novelty-type stores. (You should be able to find what you want on-line).
    I realize you probably know what she wants, I was just wondering about this.
    The blacklight bulbs are for 'glow-in-the-dark' type posters and effects.
     
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