Created By: Chip Swieringa - swieringac@gmail.com

Introduction

I was inspired by a few different lighting technologies I had seen, and envisioned building this unique, strange and eerie lighting project. Simple versions of this type of light are sometimes called 'Nuke Jars'. This extreme version is known as:

Enjoy!


 

KEY ELEMENTS

The OGRD is based on three key components:

MARBLES:

Uranium Marbles are the foundation of the OGRD.

These marbles are infused with ~3% natural Uranium (U238). They are 5/8 inch and 1 inch in diameter.

 

Why Uranium??

Awesome fluorescence!

ULTRA VIOLET:

Ultra-Violet Source

In order to fluoresce, these marbles required a strong UV Source.
I am using a Quad arrangement of 12 inch cold cathodes.

COOLING:

Air Flow

I installed a 30mm fan to keep the cold cathode inverters from burning up during extended runtimes.



INSTALL:

Ultra-Violet Installation


The inverters are neatly arranged in the base and the Quad bulb array is centered
in the glass tube.

 

Clear Mixture

To enhance the errie random refraction effect I created a 50/50 mixture of clear glass marbles.
This picture shows the difference in clarity between the two types.

COMPLETE:

To The Top

Marbles filled to the top and UV lights on.
This is how it appears under normal desk lighting.

 

Darkness - Reign of the OmniGoth




 

 

Created and Documented By: Chip Swieringa - swieringac@gmail.com

 

Last Updated - June 4, 2009