cathode ray tubes
for an sculpture i'm working on i'm building an aldis lamp, a light with a shutter used to communicate in morse code on ships, out of metal except with a working cathode ray tube instead of a light. my problem is that i don't want ugly and dangerous circuit boards hanging out the back. i originally wanted to splice in about five feet of wire between the tube and the boards with a plug in the middle and put the boards in the base of the sculpture. however, i've had quite some trouble finding an electrician (who would do this kind of thing? i live in new york) and i have absolutely no electrical experience so i think it would be pointless and dangerous for me to try it. as a backup, since i have to finish this in about a week for a show is to use a crt computer monitor, with a tv tuner in the base. i'm figuring that their would be a minimal amount of circuit boards due to the lack of a tuner and audio. can anyone confirm this? would they be visible hanging? i appreciate any advice anyone has.
Problem with your idea is that one of those wires carries about 25,000 volts. It would be VERY dangerous to have it exposed. Leave the electronics inside the monitor cabinet.
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