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Old 01-07-2008, 08:59 AM
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Static Electricity - Okay Smart People!

I had something happen this weekend that was a bit alarming.

I had quite a bit of static electricity built up and when I would touch things in my apartment, of course, it would have that bit of shock.

I reached to turn on my table lamp and didn't even turn the switch yet and as I touched the switch, the lamp bulb actually lit up quickly. Scared me to death, so I didn't turn the switch on.

Can a body have enough static electricity to actually light up a light bulb?
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You could be the answer to the world's energy crisis....Renda, we must harvest your powers!
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Yikes! That's scawy!!!


I'd be freaking out.
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I had something happen this weekend that was a bit alarming.

I had quite a bit of static electricity built up and when I would touch things in my apartment, of course, it would have that bit of shock.

I reached to turn on my table lamp and didn't even turn the switch yet and as I touched the switch, the lamp bulb actually lit up quickly. Scared me to death, so I didn't turn the switch on.

Can a body have enough static electricity to actually light up a light bulb?

Renda, do you have a humidifier? Extremely dry air can cause static electricity.
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Old 01-07-2008, 09:08 AM
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It only worked for a flash - - I thought I had blown the bulb, but after I touched something to discharge and turned the switch on - it still worked.

What's ever stranger is right before this happened I flipped the switch (wall) on that turns on another lamp and the bulb did blow on it. That's why I went to turn the other lamp on and it flashed just when I touched it.

I just didn't think it would be possible to have that much static electricity built up that it could do anything, but apparently it can.
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Well Renda my 9 yr old just described it this way... Mom she is as electric as a plasma ball! LOL

Her science project is that a plasma ball touched against an unplugged florescent light can light up the bulb... so you is one bright lady!
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Well Renda my 9 yr old just described it this way... Mom she is as electric as a plasma ball! LOL

Her science project is that a plasma ball touched against an unplugged florescent light can light up the bulb... so you is one bright lady!
She's the brightest bulb in the bunch!
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Renda, do you have a humidifier? Extremely dry air can cause static electricity.
bump.........for Renda.
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Renda, do you have a humidifier? Extremely dry air can cause static electricity.
I do - maybe it's time to plug it up.

I had on socks and was probably dragging my feet on the carpet. It just freaked me out like it would have The Mrs.!
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