Neon lamp

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A type of electrical discharge in which the inert gas carrier is neon. First used by Georges Claude about 1910, neon gas glows red-orange when a high voltage electrical arc is produced. Varying phosphors are coated on the interior of the tube to produce a wide variety of colors. Neon lamps are have smaller diameter tubes than cold cathode lamps.

Synonyms and Related Terms

neon light; cold cathode; electrical discharge lamp


  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Encyclopedia Britannica, Comment: "electric discharge lamp." Encyclopædia Britannica. 30 Sept. 2004 .

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