Contemporary Stainless Steel Nixie Clock - Red Edition
Bad Dog Designs
Contemporary Stainless Steel Nixie Clock - RED Edition.
New out of the workshop, This is a beautifully elegant and stylish Nixie tube clock made from a combination of modern laser cut Stainless Steel, Microcontroller based electronics and original 1960's Nixie tubes that originated from de-commissioned sea based missile guidance systems (seriously!) The tubes used to indicate the latitude / longitude of a missile just above a radar screen showing the 'blip'!
A Nixie clock uses old fashioned Nixie tubes to display the time. No longer manufactured anymore, they are what were used before LED and LCD displays were invented. Similar to radio valves in construction, they are filled with Neon gas and individual digits 0-9 that glow amber when a voltage is applied. There are no filaments to burn out and they can last for 10's of years.
Unlike quite a few Nixie clocks, this is quite a large clock and uses British GN-4 Tubes with a 19mm digit height. The clock measures 25cm wide and stands 20cm tall. Each tube is backlit with 3 surface mounted Red LED's which contrast against the orange neon glow - although any colour backlight can be fitted. This clock will be noticed wherever it is placed, there is also a wall mounting version.
The clock displays HH:MM:SS and the digits fade into each other, and every 55 seconds it displays the date DD:MM:YY. Every 10 minutes the clock will then scroll through all the digits to prevent any cathodic poisoning and extend the life of the tubes even further. The tubes under normal use should last 10's of years, I have some equipment from the 1960's still going strong. The tubes are in sockets and there are about 55 different variant of tube that can be fitted should you ever need a spare.
There are many features that can be controlled - leading zero / Date format / shut down time / 12-24hr mode / display modes etc - more than enough to fiddle with, there is even the option to connect a GPS module to get super accurate time keeping.
A really different type of clock, and always a conversation starter! Very well made from industrial grade stainless steel and legendary GN-4 Nixies.
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Bad Dog Designs make Nixie clocks, each clock being bespoke based on the excellent range of kits designed by PV Electronics. More about Bad Dog Designs...
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