Illuminated Electrical Potentiometer
This is a marvelous interactive piece with a surprising mad science feature. Formerly a Rubicon potentiometer built in the 1930s, it features small array of different bulb types that may be brightened and dimmed with the knobs mounted on the front of the piece. Enjoy the full demonstration below.
Crooke's Radiometer: The heat produced by the bulbs causes the paddles inside the elegant radiometer to spin. The brighter the light, the faster the spin. The radiometer may easily be removed to be placed near a window or elsewhere as desired, and set back again on the piece.
Mad Science Effect: A separate switch allows the bulbs to display random flickering, giving the piece a touch of mad scientist energy. The "mad science" effect may be brightened or dimmed with the Master dimming control, which both slows and dims the random flashing or speeds and brightens it. This mode produces a very faint tinkling sound while in operation, as the filaments rapidly contract and expand. We think it sounds like dozens of tiny champagne glasses clinking in a toast to Edison's genius.
The wiring along the top of the piece (which is entirely disabled for safety) evokes streets in a busy city, with the mounts for the bulbs reminiscent of buildings.
This is the only device of its kind, and it is destined to become part of a collector's gallery. It comes complete with a manual of operation.
All electrical materials used are UL, CE, and/or CCC approved. Like all of our pieces, it has been thoroughly tested for safety, reliability and soundness.
Your satisfaction ensured: Should this piece ever require servicing apart from bulb replacement, accident, or misuse, we will promptly provide a repair at no charge save shipping.