This is a really nice old lighting device that works and you can see it in action on our Facebook page. It is like a miniature rheostat or resistance unit that allows the user to dim or brighten a bulb by simply pulling the chain from one side or the other. The chain has a bead on either side of the socket to act as a stop and the ends of the chain has a metal tassle. It is made of brushed brass and porcelain. One side has the Dim-A-Lite information showing it was made by the Wirt Company of Philadelphia. It also reads; 50W - 120V Patented – Other Patents Pending. It fits into a standard socket and accepts standard base bulbs. I do not know whether it will take the newer energy saving bulbs. I believe it dates from around 1910.
It measures about 2” in diameter and about 2 ¾” in length excluding the dangling chains. It measures about 13 ½” across with the chains fully extended to the sides. It is in good condition with minimal scuff wear.
It does work and you can see it by searching for us on Facebook or find the link to our Facebook page under "Our Favorite Links" on our Ruby Lane Home Page.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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Vintage Dim-A-Lite - Early 1900's Pull Chain Light Socket Adapter, Wirt Company