Plasma Ball - Frequently Asked Questions:

Plasma Balls have been an exciting novelty decor piece over the decades so we're here to answer your most commonly asked questions regarding the electrifying item. 

Q: How does a plasma ball work? 


The glass orb/ball is filled with low pressure gasses such as argon, the plasma orb in the center of the globe then provides voltage throughout the orb reacting with the gasses which creates the lighting effect we all know and love!  

Q: Are plasma balls dangerous? 


Plasma balls are incredibly safe so long as it is operated responsibly and safely. As with all objects that handle an electric current, there are some things to avoid during the plasma ball's operation.

  • Do not touch the plasma ball with wet hands. This may result in a small shock.
  • Do not maintain contact with the glass of the plasma ball for extended periods of time due to rapid heat buildup.
  • Do not touch the plasma ball with a conductive materials such as metal. It is quite common for people wearing rings to accidentally touch the orb before removing them resulting in a small shock. 
  • As the electric current within the plasma ball produces a small amount of electric interference, it's important to avoid close contact for anyone who has a pacemaker.

Q: Do plasma balls wear out


Like most things, the wear of the plasma ball depends on the frequency and duration it is operated for. The plasma node which provides a high voltage can also wear out with extended use resulting in a less bright "lightning" effect however this is not the norm. All Lighting Superstore Plasma Balls also come with a minimum 1-year warranty.

Q: Can you leave a plasma ball on all night


It is not recommended to operate the plasma ball without supervision as it is an electrical product which builds up heat. Additionally, the wear on the plasma ball with increase with the total operation time.

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