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Edge Lit LED “Nixie Tube” Blends an Old Aesthetic With New Technology

Nixie tube counters are popular among geeks, especially those building retro projects. This clever kit combines the look of a Nixie tube but with a heart of LEDs and a PCB board.

The original Nixie tube counters used glowing wire as displays for on-the-fly and bright number display in a pre-LED age. This neat kit uses edge lit acrylic sheets to create the visual effect of a Nixie tube with LED. Watch the video above to see it in action and then hit up the link below to read more about the kits.

Edgelit Nixie Display [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/21/12

Comments (6)

  1. kattykat

    Cool. But good god man, trim that hangnail!

  2. sooopy

    neat nixie demo, dude. but i’m with katty: you gotta get a tree branch pruner to that hangnail. wouldn’t hurt to trim those dirty fingernails and wash yours hands either. jeez.

  3. Doc

    “the visual effect of a Nixie tube with LED.” You did ALL THAT with ONE LED? Wow…

  4. r

    woh!!….get some nail clippers dude. They don’t cost much.

  5. kattykat

    LOL ok I didn’t mean to start a bashing session. The demo is still cool. And sometimes I get hangnails too. :)

  6. Mgon

    That is cool. And, yes, that was funny, too. :D

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