by Aleksandr
found in Moscow, in 1988



QUARTZ LAMP

dimensions: 21x16x19 cm
weight: 1 kg
— It was a long time ago, probably about 10 years ago. Sometime between 85 and 88. I got hold of a lamp. Like, a quartz lamp. And, as I often had the flu, I decided to somehow heat the flat up with a quartz lamp. And I started to try to work out how make a lamp. Its working voltage was lower than the voltage of the electric current, which was 220 volts. It was 100 volts. And then I had the idea to use an old reflector, where the reflector's spiral acts as extra resistance to the lamp, and, well, at the same time using the reflector like the reflector of a heating device – the reflector of the emanation from a lamp. The components were made, it wasn't bad that it was under the heating element, the flow of air acts as an extra cooler (...) It turned out to be a very interesting construction, quite efficient. Then the spiral was connected to the lamp, if the spiral heats up, the lamp turns itself off. Like a resistance sequence. And so, due to the resistance, I reduced the voltage. I've never seen a lamp like this; I just know that they exist. They're used in medicine for operations, in surgery, where there are lots of festering infections (...) They also use them in the restoration of cars (...) These lamps ionize the air around them; they kill off any microbes with radiation. The gauze itself shines when the lamp has heated up enough. You see, there's mercury in there, little balls of it, rolling around. There aren't any lamps like this in the shops; they've got different ones now. But when I made this one, there was nothing at all in the shops.

Aleksandr
from Moscow
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