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definition of: BREAKDOWN

What is BREAKDOWN?

The voltage needed to initially start a Glow Lamp glowing.

Mainly determined by type of gas, electrode spacing, pressure, and external ionizing forces such as light or radiation.

references for this page: BREAKDOWN VOLTAGE, BREAKDOWN, FIRING POTENTIAL, IONIZATION VOLTAGE, STRIKING VOLTAGE

references to this page: DARK-EFFECT, GLOW LAMP, MAINTAINING VOLTAGE