Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

April 23, 2012

Tesla Coil Ball

I've always loved the Tesla Coil light balls, after seeing them in an art display in Boston, back when I was in college.  My ex got me one for Christmas one year, which was a surprise because I never mentioned my wanting one before, but I was happy to accept it.  It's survived several moves without breaking, and must be almost 20 years old by now.  Technically I think it's called a Plasma Lamp, but I've always called it a Tesla ball.





Groovy, eh?

26 comments:

  1. I've always wanted one of those! Very groovy. :)

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  2. They are really cool! I played with one recently at a technology museum :)

    Thank you for your comment!

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  3. Not sure I've ever seen one of those before. Very interesting.
    -Debbie

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  4. Extremely groovy! Don't think I ever saw one before!

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  5. got my boys one, per request and they take turns with it as a night light. very cool =)

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  6. I don't know sooo much about these but they are very cool

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  7. Bet you enjoyed it in a different way in your hippy days...

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  8. Great abstract photos

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  9. That photo of Mt. Rainier and the clouds is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen.
    Karen

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  10. My creative writing teacher brought one of those in to class when I was in school. He turned out the lights and told us to interact with the ball then play out whatever science fiction idea it inspired.

    After 10 minutes of playacting, he stopped us, turned on the lights, and told us to spend the rest of class writing the ending to the story we had just come up with.

    It was entertaining and did a lot for my on-the-spot writing!

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  11. I've never saw one, but looks great A good T post.

    Yvonne.

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  12. That looks too cool. I can see myself entertained with something like this for quite a while.

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  13. That is too cool!!! Awesome T post!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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  14. That is awesome! Never knew the name of them before.

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  15. Love them....had one many moons ago and let my ex have it...that's about all he got! And yes I made the tea bag ...www.allaboutthebuttons.com

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  16. Ooooh! Where I can get one of those?

    A Ladybug's Life

    Sonnia

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  17. I had one, but alas it broke. Amazing to watch in the dark. But I think the power consumption is quite high--please correct me if I am wrong?

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  18. Sonnia, I think he bought it at radio shack.

    I don't use it hardly ever so I don't know about the power consumption.

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  19. They are amazing and very addictive.

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  20. That's beautiful! Wouldn't mind having one!

    http://bettyalark.blogspot.com/

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  21. Very cool!
    Valerie
    Everyday Inspired

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  22. That is cool, I don't think I've actually seen one before. :)

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  23. Gorgeous photos, by the way. The ball and the beaches in the previous post. Your talent blows me away!

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  24. You're always so groovy, JoJo!

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  25. So groovy! Great abstract art photo effects.

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