15 years ago
i'm just dropping in here in the hope one of you might be able to
explain something for me.
last night here in west ryde (sydney) we had a blackout. well, at first
i thought it was a blackout...then after my eyes adjusted i noticed
that, although most of my appliances had gone off, the lights in the
house were still emitting a very faint red light. i thought it might
have been residual heat but, sure enough, when i turned on lights in
other rooms they all had the same faint output.
so, would this be because there was still a small voltage powering the
lights? what sort of grid malfunction might have caused this?
while i was wondering such things, i reached over to switch off my
bedside lamp. this lamp has one of those fluoroscent power saving bulbs
which can go in a regular light socket. now, when i placed my hand on
the lamp to switch it off, the bulb became much brighter. when i
actually touched the glass tubing of the fluoroscent bulb the light in
one of the 3 loops of glass tubing actually came up to a bright white
output. as long as i was touching it the light was bright.
now i'm truly at a loss for explanations. i wasn't charged up with
static electricity at all. i was lying on a mattress so i can't see how
my body could have been completing any circuit. can someone help
explain why my touch was brightening the fluorescent lamp? and why only
1 of the three loops of the glass tube?
many thanks in advance,