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Name: mtalkmit
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Please send any information about neon and other lighting systems.

Light is emitted either by atoms emitting energy as the atom changes energy states or by random thermal motions. Neon or light emitted from chambers of gas that are excited by currents (fluorescent lights also) give off light at specific frequencies, while incandescent lamps give off a broad spectrum of light that is determined by the temperature of the material itself. More details can be found in various encyclopedias, especially the Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology.

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