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Lights Under the Power Lines

Submitted by on Saturday, 13 March 20103 Comments
Lights Under the Power Lines

Made popular by Richard Box, this date is great for a couple or for groups, is cheap, and will surely be remembered by everyone involved.

Materials needed:

  • Overhead power lines that you can walk under (the bigger the better). Most areas have large overhead power lines, so this should be easy to find.
  • A fluorescent tube light for each participant. These are the long tube lights you see in office buildings and schools. You can get these at Walmart, Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, or any other store that sells light bulbs. It doesn’t really matter which model or brand, so long as it is fluorescent and several feet long.

What To Do:

Take your date and lights to the overhead power lines you found. Hold the light like a lightsaber, and point it to the sky. It will light up! You’ll get a better effect if there are lots of low-hanging power lines. You’ll also have brighter lights if the humidity is low.

Play around with holding the light in different places, having multiple people holding one light, holding the light at different angles, etc. You can also have some fun having a lightsaber fight (careful! the lights are fragile and you don’t want to break them..).

How It Works:

Those overhead power lines flood the surrounding area with an electromagnetic field. Holding the tube light allows one end to be grounded to the earth, and the other end collects wasted electricity from the power lines.

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3 Comments »

  • IMBL said:

    That’s a really creative idea, I never heard of doing anything like that before! Next time I have some of those fluorescent lights I might try that out!

  • Gatlin Fernandes said:

    This sounds like a very cool idea, specially if you’re a Star Wars fan. Nevertheless, there are a couple power lines up the valley where I live. Might be useful for an experiment.

  • Christy said:

    Who would have thought!

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