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Pylon Ambient Energy Lights Fluorescent Bulbs

Hundreds in UK flock each night to see artistic display of 1300 fluorescent bulbs lit by overhead high-power lines.  Lights ebb as a person walks near them.  Tubes give a shock when held while jumping off the ground.

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by Sterling D. Allan, with Andy Pears
March 6, 2004
Pure Energy Systems News Service


Hundreds of people are flocking each night for a close-up look at Richard Box' artistic display of 1301 fluorescent bulbs that are lit by the overhead high-power lines -- just from the ambient energy surrounding the lines.

The display, called "Field," which opened on Feb. 15 and has been extended to March 6, is situated near freeway M4 in Bath, England, where passersby can view the spectacle.

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Box is the Artist in Resident of the Department of Physics at the University of Bristol, which is famous for its pioneering work on the effects of magnetic and electrical fields on human health.

Denis Henshaw, professor of human radiation effects, has praised Box's work in its effectiveness in illustrating in a method the lay person can relate to, the fields that emanate from high-power lines.

"The result has surpassed all my expectations," said Box, of the extent to which the power loss along over-head power lines is demonstrated by the display he assembled.

This story broke on the same day Pure Energy Systems News published a story about how some technologies that were thought to be extracting energy from aether -- the "vast sea of energy that surrounds us" -- may actually be tapping local high power lines, though a sort of wireless transformer principle.

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Nikola Tesla invented
fluorescent bulbs.

Wireless transmission (intentional) and fluorescent bulbs were both invented by Nikola Tesla.

The fluorescent bulbs of Richard Box's display, "planted" in the ground to pick up "waste emissions from the overhead power lines", are in effect acting as wireless transformers as well, providing a graphic depiction of a phenomenon that could actually shed additional light on the mode of action of these other energy devices.

Andy Pears, an associate of Pure Energy Systems, recently visited Box's Field display with an electronics engineer friend of his, joining a throne of around 600 people who mingled for about two hours.

He reports that "during the show, we soon discovered that if people link hands, hold onto a tube and collectively jump, everyone gets quite a big electric shock."

The effect is not as dramatic for just one person, but can still be felt.

"People act as aerials collecting the radiation.  The more people that hold hands the greater the amplification of the radiated voltage is."

He said the tube glow brighter while the person or people are off the ground.

The most number of people he saw do this at once that night was six.

Pears also described another phenomenon.  "As you walk up to the tubes, which are buried in the ground by about 6 inches, the tubes go out.  When you move away they light up again. This is because your body is a better conductor of the electromagnetic radiation than the air is, so your body shorts out this potential to the ground."

He believes that this phenomenon is related to the shock phenomenon.  "When holding the tube, when you jump, the flow is then routed through the tube far easier as your body is a better conductor than the air.  Like magic, the tube will be lit more brightly than on its own. An electric shock is the penalty for doing this."

Pears says, "There was an eerie feel to the night, the tubes seemed to take on a life of there own. The tubes were constantly flickering between various states of excitation due to the fluctuation of field strengths being affected by the onlookers."

Box says, "There's sound as well as light - a crackling that corresponds to the flashing of the lights. There's a certain smell too, and your hair stands slightly on end."

Though the shows are at night, when the effect can be seen best, the fluorescent tubes are lit continuously, depending on the whether conditions.  The dryer the air, the more the tubes act to collect the ambient energy.  Humid air acts as a conductor to ground, tending to bypass the tubes.

The tubes are carefully arranged in triangular/hexagonal shape such that they are 1 meter from one another.  New tubes perform differently from old tubes.  Pears was asking Box how so, when he had to run off to stop someone who was breaking some tubes.  Box is replacing about 10 bulbs a day during the display.

Ken Rauen, Science Advisor for Pure Energy Systems, says there is "no new physics here, just a new twist for common folk. It is no more bizarre than dropping a permanent magnet down a copper pipe and watching it float down like a down feather in still air."

He says "It is an old trick to take fluorescent bulbs near a radio tower and light them by holding them vertically in one hand. Hold them horizontally and they don't work. The reason is that the vertical electric field being radiated by the radio tower is high enough to produce 100 Volts per meter or more, which is about 100 Volts across a long tube, so it lights up. The electric field near high voltage, high power transmission lines must be as strong, though only at 60 Hz instead of megahertz."



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Page created by SDA, March 4, 2004
Last updated December 24, 2014

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