Why Are Nixie Tube Clocks So Expensive


How long do Nixie tube clocks last?

Average longevity of Nixie tubes varied from about 5,000 hours for the earliest types, to as high as 200,000 hours or more for some of the last types to be introduced. via

Do Nixie tube clocks use a lot of electricity?

Although the voltage is high, the amount of current flowing is very small, so the clocks do not use much power. They only consume about 3 to 4 Watts of power, and consequently generate almost no heat. The tubes are not hot or even warm to the touch. via

Are Nixie tube clocks safe?

Yes, it is safe to power nixie tubes all the time, the power consumption is below 1W per tube, they stay at room temperature. Our clocks are powered from power adaptor which is able to deliver only 24W, in case of short-circuit of any kind in the clock/tube, the power adaptor cuts off the power. via

Are nixie tubes still being made?

The last nixie tube was made in the early 90s, when this beautiful technology was replaced by lower-cost alternatives. But production has now resumed in the Czech Republic. via

Who invented nixie tube?

The first stable and well-functioning nixie tube construction was invented by Haydu Brothers Laboratories, which was founded by two Hungarian brothers namely George Haydu and Zoltan Haydu in 1936. via

What does Nixie stand for?

A Nixie is a name given by the United States Postal Service to a piece of mail which is undeliverable as addressed. It is derived from "nix", English slang for the German nichts ("nothing"), and "-ie", an item or a thing. via

What is the largest Nixie tube?

The largest Nixie tube, the CD47, now sells for around US $1,000; back in 2000, it could be had for $100 or less. via

How do you test a Nixie tube?

Re: Testing Nixie tubes

Connect high voltage between pins along with a series resistor. Try 250 volts and 10K series resistance. Exact values will be determined by spec on the tubes. Connect voltage between pins and see what you get. via

What is a Nixie Watch?

It is a two-digit wristwatch using Nixie tubes, a forty-year-old display technology that is delightfully easy to read. The watch requires no button-pushing to operate. Just hold the watch at your standard viewing angle, and the hours, then the minutes, will appear in perfectly-formed, 14mm tall, glowing orange digits. via

Are Nixie tubes poisonous?

A weighted burn-in procedure keeps the IN-4 Nixie tubes cathode poison free. For the iN-4 Nixie tubes, the 0,4,3, and 9 are susceptible to cathode poisoning if the digits are displayed even the same amount. via

Can you touch Nixie tubes?

Yes! But be careful, touching any conducting part of your circuit can be lethal. If you are not familiar with working with mains fed circuits first read this. Examples of clocks which are fed directly from the mains are the Tube-in-Tube clock, my single-tube E1T clock, and Geert's single digit nixie clock. via

Are Nixie tubes toxic?

It's somewhat safe but potentially lethal. I tested everything with a meter and shorted all leads together to make sure mains are off. Be careful and think twice before you do anything. via

How do you wire a nixie tube?

Connect the cathodes of your Nixie tube to the corresponding pins on the SN74141 and connect the the anode of the Nixie tube to 180vdc+. The IC chip takes a binary input on D, C, B, A and outputs the corresponding digit of the nixie tube. Low, Low, Low, Low for 0. Low, Low, Low, High for 1 and so on. via

What is a VFD clock?

A vacuum fluorescent display (VFD) tube is a type of tube which consists of a hot cathode (filaments), anodes (phosphor) under a high vacuum condition in a glass envelope. This clock uses tube types 8843 or 8894 made by Sylvania in the early seventies. via

What is in a vacuum tube?

A vacuum tube consists of two or more electrodes in a vacuum inside an airtight envelope. Most tubes have glass envelopes with a glass-to-metal seal based on kovar sealable borosilicate glasses, though ceramic and metal envelopes (atop insulating bases) have been used. via

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