Nixie Tubes

NL5870ST

ZM1020

ZM1026

'Nixie' tubes are usually neon lamp decimal indicators with cathodes shaped to form the individual digits. There are some specials that have other symbols. 'Nixie' is a trademark of the Borroughs Corporation. The primary advantage of the Nixie tube, apart from the aesthetics of the numeral shape, is that when rapid jitter between digits occurs it is often easy to determine which two digits are involved. This is not the case with the later 7-segment displays, which often produce an '8' when alternating between two digits.

Nixies were used in many different indicating applications, often in measuring instruments like voltmeters or frequency counters, but also in tills and clocks. Current use, except for historic pieces, is more or less confined to clocks.


Side View


CD66L


GN6


GR10G


GR110


GS6


NL5870ST


XN1


XN3


XN12


ZM1080


ZM1332K


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View

GN4
GN4

GR10H
GR10H

GR10M
GR10M

ZM1020
ZM1020

ZM1022
ZM1022

ZM1023
ZM1023

ZM1026
ZM1026

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