So, I'm planning on making a Jacob's Ladder. I've considered the high voltage issues and such, and now I'm doing the actual design process. So, a couple of questions. The overwhelming design that I've seen online has been to simply take a high voltage transformer and couple it to the actual wire mainframe of the ladder. But I also thought of putting a switch in between one rail of the transformer and one side of the ladder mainframe. I also talked about this with one of the Berkeley professors, and he suggested something like this: [URL=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/98/p7140638.jpg/][PLAIN]http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/6251/p7140638.jpg[/URL] Uploaded with ImageShack.us/[/PLAIN] Hard to see, but basically, you have a capacitor which is charged by the transformer. Then, when you flip both switches, the capacitor discharges into the Jacob's Ladder. Which would be safest? Also, as far as switches are concerned, can anyone advise me on this? It seems that everyone on the Internet who has documented theirs just hooks the transformer to the ladder, but this doesn't seem to be the safest option to me.