Illuminated Electric City IV
This complex and fascinating piece is utterly unique. It features several mysterious and interesting devices and effects. Formerly a Rubicon potentiometer built in the 1930s and used at Purdue University, it features an 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...
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. A voltmeter measures the amount of current being delivered to the bulbs while in operation, allowing precise configuration.
Thermodynamic Bubbler included: The heat produced by the bulbs transforms the liquid in the vial to a vapor, pushing the remaining liquid to the cooler top of the vial. It will burble away for hours, and eventually all the liquid will collect a the top. A gentle cup of a hand on the top of the vial will return the liquid to the bottom.
The wiring along the top of the piece (which is entirely disabled for safety) evokes streets in a busy city, with the various mounts for the bulbs reminiscent of buildings.
This piece also comes with a full set of replacement bulbs and a short manual of operation.
Our Edison bulbs are custom-made for Illuminated Objects, and have a slight amber hue and a subtle mirrored finish. They are rated to last 3,000 hrs., and considerably more if dimmed at all. Never worry about replacements - we have thousands, and they are available for a mere $5 each.
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.