Buzz Lightyear and the "neon crackle" technology

Buzz Lightyear and the "neon crackle" technology

monday 23 august 2021 | Interviews, Blog, News&Press
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Disneyland Paris has renovated its famous Buzz Lightyear attraction with very special neon light effects.

After a year of large-scale work focused on the electrical system and outdoor lighting, the fascinating "cracked neon" technology was also applied to the five columns of the facade.

It is a technique patented by Wayne Strattman, an American glass-plasma-neon expert, with whom the French team worked closely to produce such a precise and spectacular installation.


Screen from video "Rénovation des lumières extérieures de Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast"

 

CRACKLE NEON TUBE


Specifically, the "crackle tube" is based on the normal operation of the cold cathode lamp: the noble gas (neon or neon-argon mixture) is inserted inside a glass tube under vacuum, but unlike the classic version, this has small glass elements inserted such as fragments or spheres, that deflect the luminous flux forming lightning bolts.


Screen from video "Rénovation des lumières extérieures de Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast"  inside view

To achieve such effect, accurate calculations and precise dimensions of the structure are necessary, everything must then be powered by suitably calibrated electromagnetic transformers. In this case the choice was clear: 200 F/ART Resinblock transformers.


Screen from video "Rénovation des lumières extérieures de Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast" F/ART transformers

 

BUZZ LIGHTYEAR ATTRACTION VIDEO

 

Below is a detailed video with the interview with those who participated in the project: Luis Lourenço (BTB ges - Agency Director), Clive Moreton (Walt Disney - Design & Show), Hugues Raulin (Gérant – neon blower), Wayne Strattman (President of Strattman Design).

Find out here the official news: Disneylandparis-news.com

 


Official video by Disneyland Paris