Technology is the use of a plasma discharge as arrows or other elements of the image on the dial. Plasma-balls-lanterns are built on the similar principle, but the direction of the electric discharge in them are chaotic. Adding additional elements to the device allows to direct discharge in the right direction, creating an unforgettable picture: dynamic, bright, flexing pattern of lightning on the dial. Combining different types of gas -fillers (including ordinary air ) can produce different colors and textures discharges.
Range of products manufactured by this technology can be very broad: it can be both strict watch for the business person who underline its modernity and charm, or bright and able to draw a variety of patterns device for an elegant and stylish women & youth. For example, the clock is a transparent body, in the crystal of which will play a misterious lightning. Lightning patterns also can generate text or graphics.
The introduction of the technology will bring double economic benefit :
1. Production of new dials is easy and inexpensive. Complicated equipment is not required for all components ( electrical wiring , bulb dials , etc. are very cheap to manufacture). But the image on the watch face is so bright and stylish that the clock will rise in one line with jewelry, fancy cars, etc.
2 . Your brand has a chance to strengthen its position in the world market. Such dials had been not yet manufactured nowhere. Mechanical watches with plasma dial can attract big attention.
Correctly manufactured device is safe and reliable.
Ukrainian patent Nr:10630
International Application: WO/2007/001243
Most plasma spheres and similar devices seem to contain xenon, krypton, or a mixture of at least one of these with neon. Xenon and krypton favor more lightning-like sparks rather than fuzzy streamers. Xenon is especially good for this. Xenon and krypton (especially xenon) conduct heat the least and confine heat toward the sparks, which favor any continuously maintained sparks rising upward like the arc in a Jacobs ladder.
Colors and Effects of Various Gases
Helium (He)- Makes a very bright display, colored blue-purple. As with most gases, this sometimes varies with pressure, current, and container dimensions. (Note: Helium with 1/1000th nitrogen is reputed to work at atmospheric pressure. This requires further experimentation). It can be obtained through balloons, or as a canister in party supply shops. Due to its incredibly small molecular size (2nd smallest molecule), it can leak through just about anything, even glass, so you may have to purge your tube quite frequently...
Neon (Ne)- Makes the brightest displays, usually with red-orange blurry streamers with brighter orange "pads" at the ends. If neon is mixed with another gas (other than helium), the streamer color and character is often dominated by the other gas, but the ends of the streamer are orange or pink "pads". This is what you see in most commercial globes. Can be obtained in neon sign manufacturers, and doesn't leak away as quickly as Helium.
Xenon (Xe)- Unless high peak amperages are used (such as a pulsed DC supply, it will make a dim display, usually lightning-like and bluish white or bluish gray. May get fuzzier and more gray or lavender gray at lower pressure and lower peak current. Peak currents over a few milliamps favor a more lightning-like appearance.
Krypton (Kr)- Very dim, makes lightning-like white streamers, sometimes with a faint blue-green tint, sometimes purplish or pinkish, depending on background lighting. Sometimes fuzzier and/or gray-greenish, especially if the pressure and/or peak current are low.
Carbon Dioxide (Co2)- Quite bright, glows a whitish or blue-white color.
Nitrogen (N2)- Moderately bright, streamers are usually a whitish or grayish pink with a blue-purple tendency. The color may be more gray or lavender at very low currents. The apparent color varies with what kind of lighting it is in contrast with.
Air (Nitrogen, Oxygen, Water Vapor)- This requires more voltage than the noble gases and does not glow as brightly. Plasma color is usually a pinkish-purple, becoming whiter with increased current.
Argon (Ar)- Intensity is similar to Nitrogen. Streamers are violet-lavender. The ends are blue-violet-lavender. (Note: Pure Argon is reputed to work very well at atmospheric pressure.
Argon-Nitrogen mixture (very common in the cheaper globes) - Streamers are whitish or grayish pink or orange, but more lavender at low currents. The ends are blue-violet-lavender. Requires a bit more voltage than pure argon, but looks good, and the nitrogen helps concentrate the plasma on thin streamers, which rise upwards from their heat.