PLASMA GLOBE

Plasma Globes (plasma lamps, balls, domes, spheres, tubes or orbs depending on shape) are novelty items that were most popular in the late 80s/early 90s.

The lamp was invented by Nikola Tesla after his experimentation with high-frequency currents in an evacuated glass tube for the purpose of studying high voltage phenomena but the modern versions were first designed by Bill Parker

 

Most commonly, Plasma Globes are available in spheres or cylinders. Although many variations exist, a plasma lamp is usually a clear glass orb filled with a mixture of various gases (most commonly neon sometimes with other noble gases such as argon, xenon and krypton) at nearly atmospheric pressure.

Plasma Globes are mainly used as curiosities or toys for their unique lighting effects and the ‘tricks’ that can be performed on them by users moving their hands around them.

Yes, I was easily amused and enjoyed touching the globe with my fingertips and following the lightning-bolt looking lights.

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