Carbon Arc Lamp



How to Make an Arc Carbon Lamp

Steps

  1. Open the 6 volt lantern battery with a screwdriver, hack-saw, etc., and remove the black carbon rods. There should be about 4 of them, and they should be about 3/8" thick. Tutorials on exactly how to do this are available on YouTube, though wear gloves in the procedure, as other chemicals inside the battery aren't healthy.
  2. Put two holes opposite of each other in the tin can so the carbon rods have at least 1/8" on all sides.
  3. Place the insulation on the edges of the holes you made in the previous step so that the carbon rods can slide through the holes without touching the metal of the tin can.(note, the carbon rods should fit snugly but still be able to slide in or our out.)
  4. Using a battery with jumper-cables, connect the carbon rods to the 12 volt battery so that one carbon rod has a positive charge and the other has a negative.(It doesn't matter which is which as long as they are opposite polarity.)
  5. Then *carefully* push the carbon rods through the two holes on opposite ends; however, be sure to not yet touch the rods together.BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO TOUCH THE TIN CAN WITH EITHER OF THE TERMINALS! This may result in electrical spark or shock.
  6. When ready to light your lamp, slowly and cautiously move the rods together.As soon as the gap between the carbon rods is short enough, an arc will form between them and there shall be light.

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  • Wear gloves and goggles when disassembling the lantern battery. Wash your hands after handling the carbon rods as they contain caustic chemicals from the lantern battery.
  • Experiment. It is a really good way to improve your projects.

Warnings

  • Arc-carbon lamps are very dangerous!Do not look directly at the arc, because it may cause severe eye damage. Only use insulated tools when working with electrical equipment.

Things You'll Need

  • One (charged, and in working condition) standard 12 volt car battery.
  • One standard 6 volt lantern battery (new or used)
  • Battery or "jumper cables".
  • 1 gallon (3.8 L) tin can. (A 1/2-gallon can works well also)
  • Tool that can put a fairly large hole in a tin can (large nail & hammer, screwdriver, drill, etc.)
  • Any kind of insulation, electrical tape, foam rubber, etc. (dry)paper towels will also work.





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