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

By Jason Fitzpatrick on February 21st, 2012

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 a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/21/12
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