Power supply for 25-watt arc lamp

A dual-voltage circuitry both strikes and maintains the arc. The lamps require a starting voltage in excess of 1,000 volts. Once stabilized, the voltage drop across the lamp is near 20 volts. Power supply consists of two main sections. The first section, the low-voltage power supply section, is an 84-volt direct-current supply. This supply powers the stabilized arc. Current is limited by the 10 ohm adjustable and 25 ohm fixed resistance. The second section, the high-voltage starter circuit, is a Cockroft-Walton voltage multiplier.
Power supply for 25-watt arc lamp  - schematic

With no load, the output voltage is 2,036 volts. However, when the arc is established, the heavy current drain maintains a forward bias on all of the diodes, and the circuit becomes a straight path with a voltage drop of 7.2 volts. The small value of the capacitors used in the multiplier guarantees that the diodes will be forward-biased once the arc is established.

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