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I'm going to use this tutorial : https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/ShiftOut to make a Nixie Clock. I was asking myself if other components that'll be easier to use existed ?

  • Is it the nixie tube component that has you seeking an easier to use item? If that's the case, you would have an easier time with a simple 7-segment LED unit for each digit of the display. In the past, I created a distance measuring device using the ultrasonic detector and 2 of the display modules. They require a resistor for each lead and the shift register, but little else. I can't recall the power requirements, as I had a virtually unlimited 12v supply for operation. The shift register and the LED modules are well documented online. – fred_dot_u May 16 '16 at 19:43
  • Sorry for the misunderstand. I ask for an easier to use item to replace the shift component 74HC595... – bizard May 16 '16 at 19:47
  • @Bizard you might want to use an (readily available) "I/O expander". IF they have good libraries and code examples, you should be able to get them working very fast. The 74HC595's are alse very commonly used, you should check if they have a good library. There certainly are tutorials on them. The Nixie tubes often require quite some voltage, which might give some difficulties. – Paul May 16 '16 at 19:56
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It doesn't get much easier than a shift register :) Why do you think it's a hard-to-use component?

The tutorial you pointed claims to be a Nixie driver, but omits the hardest part about nixies: driving them at 170V. IN12B nixies are easy to come by, they cost about $3 each on ebay, but you may also want to consider http://www.tayloredge.com/storefront/SmartNixie/index.html

I am not affiliated with Tayloredge, I'm just a happy customer.

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  • I'm going to buy this nixie tube : ebay.fr/itm/162067515143 From what I understood, i'll need between 150 and 200 V to power them right ? Does your dispotive resolve this problem ? Do I need to choose other Nixie Tubes to go with your dispositive ? – bizard May 22 '16 at 15:20
  • Yes, you need between 150 and 200 V. You need to drive each pin with that voltage, something that your arduino cannot do. Google "nixie driver circuit" and you'll get a lot of solutions. Also, please be safe. 170V can kill you. DO NOT use mains (réseau) to power your device directly. – JayEye May 22 '16 at 21:28
  • Mh... Maybe I have not enough knowledge in electronic now... Thanks for your advise. I'll be carefull. – bizard May 22 '16 at 22:09

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