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About Nixie Accessories

In the mid-1950s, a draftsman drew up images of an experimental device for numerical displays; next to the image he wrote "NIX 1." The pronunciation and spelling became shorthand for "numeric indicator experimental No. 1"—the Nixie tube. These cold-cathode display tubes composed the digital indicators on high-end devices from the 1950s through the 1980s. Nowadays, Nixie tubes have seen their revival in unique clocks that invoke a look that is both futuristic and vintage. Companies made tubes in a variety of colors and sizes. However, all these displays share a characteristic red-orange neon glow. For variety, some clocks use a colored backlight for an extra pop. With typographical design in mind, the cathodes stack so that unlit cathodes do not obscure the lit digit. While most tubes are numeric, some include symbols and letters. Sellers on eBay have pre-made Nixie clocks, individual tubes, and even kits with everything you need to build a unique Nixie-based display.