I was conducting a simple experiment at home on electrolysis. Obviously, when you build a circuit with a 9V battery, a lamp, and put two electrodes in water you measure a potential difference of ~9V on the two electrodes while the potential difference on the lamp is 0 (really close to 0). Then as I kept adding salt in water, I first measured that the potential difference across the lamp got higher and higher (reaching 6V), then suddenly, as I got from 40g /250ml of salt in water to 50g /250ml, the potential difference across the lamp fell to 4V.
Why is that? Maybe is it because of the ion association occurring in water as the concentration of salt gets higher?
4.5 V lamp. 8.6 e.m.f battery.