Nixie Clocks at BDDW

Nixie Clocks at BDDW

Maxwell Ryan
Dec 10, 2008

We have been looking at these through the window at BDDW for months. Very steam punk in high, high class case, these clocks are one of the latest inventions by Tyler Hays and come in multiple shapes, sizes and finishes...

What are nixie clocks? We've blogged a bunch, but they are essentially glowing gas tubes shaped like a numerals, developed in the fifties:

A nixie tube is an electronic device for displaying numerals or other information. The glass tube contains a wire-mesh anode, and multiple cathodes in the shape of Arabic numerals. Applying power to one cathode surrounds it with an orange glow discharge. The tube is filled with a gas at low pressure, usually mostly neon and often a little mercury and/or argon, in a Penning mixture. (via Wikipedia)

This series of clocks using the tubes fully capitalizes on their mid-century industrial charm and accentuates their small, precise (spooky) nature with these large encasements.

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