Plasma lamp balls

The most common forms of matter taught in schools include solids, liquids, and gases. You were probably taught that too but have you ever known that there is an additional state known as plasma? When enough energy is supplied into a gas so as to split electrons from molecules so that the electrons and the ions can exist independently is what’s referred to as plasma state.

In some learning institutions, plasma balls are used for physics experiments. It is important to understand how the balls function and what they can be used to demonstrate. Plasma balls are usually filled with non-reactive gases that emit light when an electric current is passed through them. It is important to note that when you place your finger close to a plasma ball, the electric beams concentrate on your finger. However, there is no danger in that because the current cannot pass through the glass.

Plasma ball top 5 tricks can also help in making the learning process a bit more interesting. Below are two things that can be demonstrated with a plasma ball.


The threads found inside the plasma balls are usually light hence they can rise as a result of buoyancy. This makes it possible to break any horizontal streamer within a short time. However, when you use vertical streamer, it gets stabilized at the top by the buoyancy. This a good way to demonstrate how convection occurs.

To investigate oscillating electric fields

You should understand that the electric field that’s created by the coil inside the lamp can go beyond the lamp’s glass into the atmosphere. You can investigate that electric field by bringing a neon bulb into close proximity with the electric field. You will notice that the bulbs will begin to light as you bring it into the electric field when aligned in a radial position but won’t light when in a circular position. This proves that the current in the electric field is radial.