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
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "electric discharge lamp." Encyclopædia Britannica. 30 Sept. 2004 .