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Since 2002, Stoneridge Engineering has been the world's
premiere source for Captured LightningŪ Sculptures!
All of our Captured Lightning sculptures are made in the USA
Updated 10/14/14 - subject to change without prior notice




Captured Lightning Gallery 1
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What is Captured Lightning and how did we make these Sculptures?


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  • Spheres Cubes Magnabrites
    "Ball Lightning"
    3 inch "Lightning Cubes" 2.5" and 3.5" Magnabrites


  • What are these?
  • Captured Lightning sculptures are branching patterns of internal fractures that have been permanently captured deep inside various shapes of crystal-clear plastic. Technically known as Lichtenberg Figures, they were created by carefully trapping and discharging millions of volts of electrical charge inside pieces of clear acrylic using a high-energy particle accelerator.  These complex, permanent figures are formed when the trapped charges suddenly escape in a brief, lightning-like discharge. The intensely hot sparks leave behind permanent "fossilized" tree-like chains of microscopic fractures and tubes that reflect light like microscopic mirrors. Captured Lightning sculptures are fully discharged and are completely safe. They combine the technologies of particle beams and polymer physics with the natural beauty of fractals to create unique creations of scientific art.

  • 12" discharge, unfiltered                  12" discharge, neutral filtered
  • Photos: Theodore Gray
  • (Click on image to see larger view)
  • The birth of a new Captured Lightning sculpture - as trillions of trapped electrons suddenly escape the
  • acrylic, they create a loud bang and a brilliant flash. The images above show a 12" figure
  • being discharged as viewed normally and through a dark filter.

  • 12" x 12" discharge
Photo: Mike Walker
  • Click on the above image to view a High Definition video clip captured by Theo Gray during
  • our November 2007 production run. The video shows a number of 12" x 12" and
  • 6" x 8" x 3/4" specimens being discharged. Theo's Lichtenberg figures article 
  • appeared in the March, 2008 issue of Popular Science Magazine.

How are they made?
We inject hundreds of trillions of sub-atomic particles, called electrons, into acrylic specimens using a 5 million volt particle accelerator. The injected electrons charge up the interior of clear acrylic specimens to potentials as high as 1 - 2.5 million volts. We then (carefully!) discharge them, releasing the excess charges, creating an intense, miniature "lightning bolt" inside the specimens. The high-energy electrical discharge leaves behind countless branching chains of microscopic fractures and tubes deep inside the acrylic - forming a permanent "fossil" of the paths taken by the discharges. An in-depth explanation about the history, theory, and other interesting properties of these fascinating objects  can be seen here. The following video clips show various parts of the process (captured during various irradiation sessions). All of our Captured Lightning sculptures are safe, are made in the USA, and each is a unique treasure.








Why do we make these?
We were fascinated by the incredible beauty and the complex physics of acrylic Lichtenberg Figures but we were continually frustrated by their scarcity. Every now and then, a banged-up specimen would show up in an auction or at a flea market, usually without any explanation of how it was created or where it came from. A group of fellow physicists and electrical engineers ("Spark Whisperers") decided to conduct independent research into the theory and technique of producing them using particle accelerators. However, since "beam time" and raw materials are expensive, we also decided to offer specimens to the general public to help fund our experiments. During each new experimental run, we strive to further "push the envelope" by creating larger, more complex and artistic figures, and by conducting experiments and measurements that help us gain an improved understanding of the physics and processes involved. Specimens from our latest production runs represent the current state of the art for 2D and 3D acrylic figures. We are proud that many of our specimens are recognized as being World Class in beauty and size.

We offer over forty styles of Lichtenberg Figures that include affordable 2" x 2" x 3/4" blocks, a wide selection of medium and large specimens, to mammoth museum-quality 15" x 20" x 2" specimens for discriminating collectors and institutions. We can create even larger specimens if desired. Every Lichtenberg Figure ships with a simple one-page explanation about what it is and how it was created. Many of our newer sculptures may have an amber-tinted layer. The coloring is called solarization, and it is produced by complex interactions between the electron beam and the acrylic. It usually fades with time, and the fading process can sometimes be accelerated by gentle heat or placing sculptures in sunlight. When illuminated by blue LED's, the solarization layer may also fluoresce with a light greenish-yellow color.

How to display your sculptures:
The images on our site were taken using lighting conditions which highlighted the delicate internal patterns. For best results, our sculptures should be illuminated from below or along one or more edges using LED's or another bright light source. This allows the light to be reflected by the mirror-like fractures in the sculpture so that the internal Lichtenberg figure glows brilliantly with the color(s) of the light source(s). Illuminating a sculpture using only transmitted light (such as looking through the sculpture to a light source or window) may actually reduce the sculpture's detail and inner beauty. We offer a wide variety of standard and custom LED lighted bases that are designed to highlight the inner beauty of our sculptures.
As with snowflakes, every Lichtenberg figure is unique. Although your figure may differ from the examples shown on our web site, we guarantee it will be of similar or better quality. Most specimens have small fractures and light caramel-colored charring on the larger paths near the exit point of the discharge. This is a natural result of the high energies involved during the discharging process - this disappears when the sculpture is illuminated.  

By adding suitably engraved or lettered metal plaques to our bases, Lichtenberg Figures make memorable gifts or unique academic, corporate, or retirement awards. We also offer custom laser engraving for our flat sculptures.
Laser engraving typically adds about a week to the delivery interval and $25 - $50 per sculpture depending on quantity. Captured Lightning sculptures are treasured works of scientific art that will enhance the decor of any room or executive suite. Because demand is high and quantities are limited, we recommend ordering soon to avoid possible disappointment. We combine shipping on multiple items whenever possible.

Discharge "Types":

Many of our sculptures are available with two or more discharge types. The appearance of the discharge varies considerably depending on how much charge we inject and how, and when, we discharge the sculptures. Following are some images that illustrate most common types of discharges. The exit point of the discharge may be along an edge (edge discharge) or inside one of the large surfaces (interior discharge). In addition, the structure of the discharges may be branching and tree-like (Dendritic), densely branched or fern-like (Bushy Dendritic), a random tangle of discharges (Chaotic), or a mixture of any of these (Mixed). And, some specimens may have more than one discharge location. Some examples should help illustrate discharge types - click on images below to see larger images:


Edge, Dendritic
Interior Bushy
Interior Chaotic
Interior Mixed Discharges
Edge Dendritic
(less injected charge)
Interior Bushy
(more injected charge)
Interior Chaotic
(Self-Discharged)
Mixed Chaotic and Dendritic
(Usually Self-Discharged)
 
 
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Stoneridge Engineering is proud to offer the most beautiful Lichtenberg Figures in the world!

  Gallery 1: Styles 1 - 20
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1.5" cubes
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2" Cubes
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(Click here to see video of Style 2 on rotating light base)


2 Inch Beveled Cube
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  Style 1
A 1.5 inch polished cube irradiated on from two to six sides to create a complex discharge region within. Unique and only available here! Click on the above  image for various discharge options and larger images. We recommend illuminating with the CR35MC multicolor light base, ROT45MC rotating multicolor light base, or the LM2690 or LM2699 rosewood finish bases with natural white LED's. AC adapters for ROT45MC are available only for North American/US power, but it can be operated off three AA batteries (but does not rotate in order to extend battery life). The CR35MC, LM2690 and LM2699 bases are available with 120/240 volt AC adapters for North American/US, EC, UK, or AU power.  Appearance of discharges varies from sculpture to sculpture and most specimens have asymmetric discharges.

  (Sorry - This style has been discontinued. We do have a
few left at a 50% discount - see our Factory 2nds page)
  Style 2
Sparkling two-inch polished cube irradiated on all six sides to create a roughly cube-shaped discharge region inside.  Click on the above image to see larger images. For color changing bases, we recommend illuminating with the CR35MC crystal multicolor light base, ROT45MC rotating multicolor light base, or the BD753MC square color changing light base. For brighter ambient lighting, the ideal base is the LM2699 with natural white LED's or the LM2690 in gloss black or rosewood finish, the BD754W low profile base or the BD753W square light base with cool white LED's. AC adapters for models ROT45MC, BD753MC, and BD754W are available only for North American/US power.  However, the ROT45MC can be operated off three AA batteries (but does not rotate in order to extend battery life). All of the other bases above are available with 120/240 volt AC adapters for North American/US, EC, UK, or AU power options. Click here for short video clip of a Style 2 sculpture on an ROT45MC rotating color-changing light base.

Style 2 Sculpture, with right-angle edges, $70
Discharge Type:
  Style 2A
Gorgeous two-inch polished cube with beveled edges, irradiated on all six sides to create a cube-shaped discharge region inside.  Click on the above image to see larger images. For color changing bases, we recommend illuminating with the CR35MC crystal multicolor light base, ROT45MC rotating multicolor light base, or the BD753MC square color changing light base. For brighter ambient lighting, the ideal base is the LM2699 or LM2690 gloss black or rosewood finish bases with natural white LED's. Bases with cool white LED's include the BD754W low profile base, or the BD753W square light base. AC adapters for models ROT45MC, BD753MC, and BD754W are available only for North American/US power.  However, the ROT45MC can be operated off three AA batteries but does not rotate in order to extend battery life. All of the other bases above are available with 120/240 volt AC adapters for North American/US, EC, UK, or AU power options.


Style 2A Sculpture, with beveled edges, $75
Discharge Type:
2" beveled


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Style 54, 2" x 2" x 3/4" Edge Discharge
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Style 5, Edge Discharge, Blue LED's
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  Style 4
One of our more popular styles. Individually cut and polished from cast acrylic sheet, so exact dimensions vary slightly (+/- 1/16") from piece to piece. Approximately 2" x 2" x 3/4" with beveled and polished edges. Available in a variety of interior or edge discharges. Click on the above image to see various discharge options and larger images. Optional "light" discharges are less dense and a bit more "lightning-like" than the more densely-branched standard discharges. We recommend using the BD752MC battery powered multicolor light base, the CR35MC crystal multicolor light base, or the ROT45MC multicolor rotating light base. The CR35MC is available with power adapters for 120/240 volt North American/US, EC, UK, and AU power options. AC adapter for the ROT45MC is available only for US power. However, it can be operated off three AA batteries but it does not rotate in order to extend battery life.

Style 4 Sculpture: $28  
Discharge Type:
  Style 54
One of our most popular styles. Individually cut and polished from cast acrylic sheet, so exact dimensions may vary slightly (+/- 1/16") from piece to piece. Approximately 2" x 2" x 3/4" with square polished edges. Available in either interior or edge discharges. A few edge dendritic specimens are available with "lighter" (more lightning-like) discharges. Click on the above image to see various discharge options and larger images. Light bases are available at extra cost. We recommend using the BD752MC battery powered multicolor light base. Here is a short video clip showing a Style 54 sculpture resting on a BD752MC color changing light base. Other lighting options include the CR35MC crystal multicolor light base, or the ROT45MC multicolor rotating light base. The LM2690W or LM2690B rosewood finish light bases with natural white or electric blue LED's also work quite well with this style. The LM-series bases can also be personalized by adding an optional engraved plaque. The CR35MC, LM2690W, and LM2690B are available with 120/240 volt power adapters for North American/US, EC, UK, or AU power options. AC adapters for the ROT45MC are available only for US power.  When operated off three AA batteries (not included), base lights but does not rotate in order to extend battery life. 

Style 54 Sculpture: $26
Discharge Type:
 

  Style 5
One of our most popular styles. Individually cut and polished from cast acrylic sheet, so exact dimensions may vary slightly (+/- 1/16") from piece to piece. Approximately 4" x 4" x 3/4" with square polished edges. Available in a variety of interior or edge discharges. Click on the above image for various discharge options and larger images. Light base available at extra cost. We recommend using natural walnut bases such as the  DK40x75CW with cool white LED's, the DK40x75NW with warmer natural white LED's, or the  DK40x75B with "electric blue" LED's, or the elegant GSB1904L black satin brushed aluminum base with cool white LED's. Both bases can be personalized by adding an optional engraved plaque. Available with 120/240 volt AC adapters for North American/US, UK, EC, or AU power options. Other LED color options may be available on a custom basis.

Style 5 Sculpture: $60
Discharge Type:
 
Black brushed aluminum base
with white LED's - model GSB1904L
4" x 3/4" light base: $40.00
re Style 05)
Power Option:

Matching 4 inch wide base
Natural walnut with
Cool White, Natural
White, or Electric Blue LED's
: $66
Base LED Color:
Power Option:

Style 7 in DK60x75B Walnut Light Base

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Large_VTree
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6" Vertical Tree in LM2750
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  Style 7
Approximately 6" x 6" x 3/4" with square polished edges shown in optional DK60x75B walnut light base. Individually cut and polished from cast acrylic sheet, so exact dimensions may vary slightly (+/- 1/16") from piece to piece. Available in classic edge and interior branched (dendritic) discharges, mixed chaotic/dendritic, and a few purely chaotic specimens. Mixed and chaotic specimens may have root of discharge along an edge or anywhere within interior of specimen. Click on the above image to see various discharge options and larger images. We recommend using the DK60x75CW walnut base with cool white LED's, the DK60x75CW with warmer natural white LED's, the DK60x75B walnut base with "electric blue" LED's, or the elegant GSB1906L black satin brushed aluminum base with cool white LED's. Bases can be personalized by adding an optional engraved plaque. Available with 120/240 volt North American/US, EC, UK or AU power options. Other LED color options may be available on a custom basis.
Style 7 Sculpture: $100
Discharge Type:
Matching 6 inch base
Black, brushed aluminum
with natural white LED's: $50

Power Option:

Matching 6 inch wide base
Natural walnut with
Cool White, Natural
White, or Electric Blue LED's:
  $78
Base LED Color:
Power Option:
  Style 8A
Individually cut and polished from cast acrylic sheet, so exact dimensions may vary slightly (+/- 1/16") from piece to piece. Approximately 6" x 6" x 3/4" with beveled and polished edges on three sides. Base is not beveled. Available with either interior or base edge dendritic discharges. Similar to our discontinued Style 8 sculptures, but the base is not beveled in order to be compatible with more of our lighted bases. Click on the above image to see discharge options and larger images. Works well with our elegant GSB1906L 6 x 0.75 inch  satin black brushed aluminum light base with cool white LED's, or with our natural walnut bases such as the DK60x75CW (cool white LED's), DK60x75NW (with warmer natural white LED's), or DK60x75B with "electric blue" LED's. Bases can be personalized by adding an optional engraved plaque. Available with North American/US, EC, UK or AU power options. Other LED color options may be available for the DK60x75 series bases on a custom basis.

Style 8A Sculpture: $110
Discharge Type:

Matching 6 inch base
Black, brushed aluminum
with natural white LED's: $50
Power Option:

Matching 6 inch wide base
Natural walnut with
Cool White, Natural
White, or Electric Blue LED's:
  $78
Base LED Color:
Power Option:

Style 9A
One of our most popular styles. Individually cut and polished from cast acrylic sheet, so exact dimensions may vary slightly (+/- 1/16") from piece to piece. Approximately 4" x 6" x 1/2" sculpture. Beautiful, crystal clear specimens with dense branching discharges and polished edges. Available in a variety of interior or edge discharges. Click on the above image to see various discharge options and larger images. We recommend using the GSB1204L (4 inch wide), or the 6 inch wide  GSB1206L  black satin brushed aluminum bases, or the LM2752BPL gloss black wood light base. All bases use bright, cool white LED's. Bases can be personalized by adding an optional engraved plaque. Available with 120/240 volt AC adapters for North American/US, EC, UK, or AU power options. These bases can also be powered from an optional LUMAA3 battery pack for short periods (24 - 48 hours).


Style 9A
Sculpture:  $85
Discharge Type:
Model GSB1204L - 4" x 1/2" light base: $40.00
(For Sculpture Styles 05A, 9A, 14A, and 21A - shorter edge)

Power Option:

Model GSB1206L - 6" x 1/2" light base: $50.00
(For Sculpture Styles 07A and 09A - longer edge)

Power Option:



Interior Discharge

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Obelisk

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Octagons

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Style 10
Gorgeous specimens are seldom seen in this size. Individually cut and polished from cast acrylic sheet, so exact dimensions may vary slightly (+/- 1/16") from piece to piece. Approximately 6" x 8" x 3/4" panel with polished edges. Click on the above image to see various discharge options and larger images. We recommend using the DK60x75CW (cool white LED's), DK60x75NW (natural white LED's)  DK60x75B  ("electric blue" LED's) 6" wide natural walnut light base, or the elegant GSB1906L black satin brushed aluminum base with cool white LED's. To display sculptures horizontally (8" wide slot), we also have the DK80x75W (with Cool White LED's), DK80x75NW (Natural White LED's) or DK80x75B ("Electric Blue" LED's) walnut LED light bases. All of these bases can be ordered below. Bases can also be personalized by adding an optional engraved plaque. Sculpture can also be laser-engraved with your message and company logo. Bases are available with 120/240 volt AC adapters for North American/US, EC, UK, or AU power options. Other LED color options may be available on a custom basis.

Style 10 Sculpture: $175
Discharge Type:
Stylish 6 inch wide natural walnut light base. Overall dimensions 4" x 8" x 1" with beveled top surface. Available with Cool White, Natural White, or Electric  Blue LED's: $78
Base LED Color:
Power Option:
Stylish 8 inch wide natural walnut light base.  Overall dimensions 4" x 10" x 1" with beveled top surface. Available with Cool White, Natural White, or Electric  Blue LED's: $96
Base LED Color:
Power Options:
Style 11
2.7" x 8" x 3/4" Obelisk with polished edges. Click on the above image to see various discharge options and larger images. We recommend using our custom natural walnut light bases. These include the DK25x75CW (Cool white LED's), DK25x75NW (Natural White LED's) or the DK25x75B ("Electric Blue" LED's). You can see images of our DK25x75W bases illuminating Style 16 and Style 24 figures here and hereBases can be personalized by adding an optional engraved plaque. Available with 120/240 volt AC adapters for North American/US, EC, UK, or AU power options. Other LED color options may be available on a custom basis.



Style 11 Sculpture: $75
Discharge Type:
Matching 2.5 inch wide natural walnut light base with Cool White, Natural White, or Electric Blue LED's: $48
LED Color:
Power Option:
Style 12
Beautiful branching or dense dendritic discharges. Individually cut and polished from cast acrylic sheet, so exact dimensions may vary slightly (+/- 1/16") from piece to piece. Approximately 4" x 3/4" beveled octagon with polished edges.  Click on the above image to see various discharge options and larger images. This style is best displayed flat against a dark background - the above photo was taken in sunlight against black velvet. Works well with the following natural walnut bases: DK25x75CW (Cool White LED's), DK25x75NW (Natural White LED's) or DK25x75B ("electric blue" LED's). Bases can also be personalized by adding an optional engraved plaque. Available with 120/240 volt AC adapters for North American/US, EC, UK, or AU power options. Other LED color options may be available on a custom basis.


Style 12 Sculpture: $65
Discharge Type:
Matching 2.5 inch wide natural walnut light base with Cool White, Natural White, or Electric Blue LED's: $48
LED Color:
Power Option:
Cylinders
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Style 13A on CR35MC light base

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Triangle

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Style 13
These are 1.25" diameter x 4.5" cast acrylic cylinders with a beautiful interior discharge and polished surfaces.  The lensing action of the cylinder magnifies the figure within. Click on the above image to see larger images. We recommend using the CR35MC, ROT45MC, BD752MC, BD753MC multicolor bases or the LM2690 square or LM2692 round light base with an array of five natural white LED's. AC adapters for the BD753MC and ROT45MC are available only for North American/US power. However, the ROT45MC can be operated off three AA batteries (but it does not rotate in order to extend battery life). The other bases can be supplied with 120/240 volt AC adapters for North American/US, EC, UK, or AU power options.

NOTE: Our latest batch of sculptures have discharges that are more cylindrical - and, they are even nicer!

Style 13 Sculpture: $45
Discharge Type:
Style 13A
These cast cylindrical specimens are 1.5" diameter by 4.5" high. These are larger than the Style 13, and they have TWO charge layers. The discharge layers are interlinked on some specimens ("Windblown Lightning), connected at the base on others (Parallel Planes), or a combination of dense interlinked discharges (self-discharged).  Click on the above image to see various discharge options and larger images. We recommend using the CR35MC ROT45MC, BD752MC, or BD753MC multicolor light bases or the LM2690 square base or LM2692 round wood bases with an array of five natural white LED's. AC adapters for the BD753MC and ROT45MC are available only for North American/US power. However, the ROT45MC can be operated off three AA batteries (but it does not rotate in order to extend battery life). The other bases can be supplied with 120/240 volt AC adapters for North American/US, EC, UK, or AU power options.

Style 13A Sculpture: $85
Discharge Type:
Style 14A
4" x 1/2" equilateral triangle with an interior or edge based discharge - please select which is desired. Click on the above image to see various discharge options and larger images. We recommend using  the GSB1204L black satin brushed aluminum base with cool white LED's. This base can also be personalized by adding an optional engraved plaque. Light bases are available with AC adapters for 120/240 volt North American/US, EC, UK, and AU power options.


Style 14A Sculpture: $45
Discharge Type:
3" Disk
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Blue Windblown

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Tesla Figure

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Style 15
 
(Discontinued)
This style has been replaced by Styles 43 and 44. Beautiful 3" diameter x 3/4" disks with a matte-finished edge. Available only with interior discharges. Click on the above image to see larger images. Not all interior discharges are located in the center. We recommend using the CR35MC or ROT45MC rotating multicolor light base, or models LM2690 square or LM2692 round white light bases with an array of five natural white LED's. AC adapter for the ROT45MC is available only for US power. However, the ROT45MC can also be operated off three AA batteries but does not rotate in order to extend battery life. The other light bases above are available with 120/240 volt AC adapters for North American/US, EC, UK, or AU power options. This style has been replaced by Styles 43 and 44  (3" and 4" diameter disks with a 1" flat on base).


  Style 16 
Captured LightningŪ storms inside approximately 3" x  3" x 2" water clear prisms. Multiple discharge planes, many with layer-to-layer discharges. Some specimens may show light charring in the heavier paths near the base of the tree - this disappears when the sculpture is illuminated. These are exceptionally beautiful when placed on a white or multicolored LED base. Click on the above image to see various discharge options and larger images. We recommend using the BD753MC multicolor light base or the ROT45MC rotating multicolor light base.  Click here to view a short video clip of a Style 16 specimen on an ROT45MC rotating multicolor light base. This style also looks great with our walnut bases such as our DK25x75CW (with cool white LED's), DK25x75NW (with warmer natural white LED's)  or DK25x75B (with "electric blue" LED's). Other bases include the  LM2688 , or the LM2700 rosewood finish light base with warmer natural white LED's. AC adapters for BD753MC and ROT45MC are available only for North American/US power. However, the ROT45MC can be operated off three AA batteries but it does not rotate in order to extend battery life. The other light bases are available with AC adapters for 120/240 volt North American/US, EC, UK, or AU power options.

Style 16 Sculpture:  $175
Discharge Type:
  DK25x75W or DK25x75B Custom Walnut Light Base sold separately. Overall size 3" x 4.5" x 1": $48
Base LED Color:
Power Option:
Style 18A
"Tesla's Lightning" - Tesla's name written with letters of lightning in a unique 4" x 12" x 1/2"  specimen.  By using lead masks we charged only selected regions of the acrylic to form letters. This allowed us to literally "write" Tesla's name in lightning - a fitting tribute to the Wizard of Lightning.  We also provide an elegant black satin brushed aluminum light base with cool white LED's (model GAB1212L) for these figures. Power adapters are available for 120/240 volt North American/US, EC, UK, or AU power options. Only a few of these unique specimens are left - get yours while they're still in stock. Click on the above image for more details.

Style 18A Sculpture: $155
(Only a couple left!)
Discharge Type:

Matching 12" x 1/2" satin black brushed aluminum light base with white LED's, model GAB1212L: $88.00
Power Option:
Lightning in a Bottle


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12" Specimens



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Specimen F in Walnut Base
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- Factory 2nd Specimens at HALF PRICE -
For folks on a tighter budget, we have a limited number of "factory seconds" and  first quality experimental sculptures. Factory seconds may have a relatively small (1/8" - 1/2") fracture or chip at the "root" of the discharge. Others may have self-discharged and show some charring from beam current being repetitively being discharged through the figure. Although these are less than perfect, they are still beautiful and unique sculptures and are backed by our 100% money back satisfaction guarantee. Experimental sculptures are NOT factory seconds - they are first-quality test sculptures being sold at a bargain price. Currently available factory seconds include styles 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19A (12" x 12" x 3/4"), 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31, 43, 45,  and 46.  We also have a number of experimental specimens at an excellent price.

Factory 2nds are priced at a 50% discount, or more, from the regular price, so they can be a real bargain. Experimental sculptures are also discounted 25-35% from similarly-sized sculptures. Click on the above image to see more details or to order your factory second or experimental sculptures.

Style 19 Specimens
These magnificent 12" x 12" x 1" specimens are stunning, both in size and in beauty. Individually cut and polished from cast acrylic sheet, so exact dimensions may vary slightly (+/- 1/16") from piece to piece. In addition to our standard edge or interior discharged specimens, we are now offering spectacular 2D and 3D Masked specimens. These are prized by discriminating collectors and institutions. We can also provide custom, natural walnut light bases with a professional satin finish. Click on image for more product details. Bases can be personalized by adding an optional engraved plaque. Available with cool white, warmer natural white, or "Electric Blue" LED's.  AC power adapters are available for North American/US, EC, UK, or AU power options. Other color options may be available on a custom basis.

Style 19 Sculpture: $499
Discharge Type:
  12" Wide Custom Walnut Light Base sold separately. Overall dimensions are 5" x 14" x 1.25". Available with
"Electric Blue", natural white, or cool white LED's: $168
Base LED Color:
Power Option:
Style 72: Massive 2 Inch Thick Museum Sculptures
These huge (approximately 15" x 20" x 2") museum specimens were passed through the electron beam twice to create two independent charge planes. When discharged, they developed massive dendritic discharges along each plane as well as shorter discharges between planes. The result is a complex interplay of dendritic discharges that fill a region about one inch thick across almost the entire sculpture. We recently created three brand new sculptures during our Fall 2013 Lichtenberg run. Although one of them has been sold, we still have two left for discriminating customers. High resolution images of these magnificent sculptures have just been added to the web page for these sculptures - click on the image above to see those currently available. 

Each sculpture is supplied with a custom solid walnut light base with a professional satin finish. Bases can be supplied with all white LED's, all blue LED's, or (as pictured) one each of white and blue LED strips. These bases are designed to gently and safely support your sculpture while highlighting even the infinite detail of the individual discharges. Custom bases measure 19" x 8" x 2". Shipping costs are for shipments within the US. Inquire for shipping costs outside the US.  

Style 72 Sculpture: $2750
(Includes custom walnut base)
Sculpture Selection:
Base LED Option:
Power Adapter Option:


BD752MC Battery Powered Base
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BD753MC Light Base

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BD754W Low Profile White Light Base
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   BD752MC   
Battery Powered Multicolor Light Base
This compact color changing light base measures 2.75" x 2.75" x 1.13". The top surface measures 2.25" x 2.25". It uses a 0.5" x 0.5" array of 4 high-intensity color LED's to slowly cycle through a variety of colors. As the colored LED's continually color cycle, they also illuminate different portions of the sculpture for an attractive effect. The base has an attractive black matte finish with an ON/OFF switch. The changing colors cycle over a period of 12-15 seconds. A short video clip showing a Style 54 sculpture on this light base is available on YouTube. This base can also be personalized by adding an optional engraved plaque on the front-facing surface. When powered by three AAA alkaline batteries (not included), the estimated battery life is 30-40 hours of continuous operation. Since this base has only 4 LED's, it works best with smaller sculptures in areas having a lower level of ambient light.

Ideal for many of our smaller sculptures such as Styles 2, 4, 13, 13A, 28, 29, 31, 43, 45, 47, and 54
Captured LightningŪ sculptures. The beveled shape and size make this base an excellent match for our style 4 sculpture. The base can be personalized by adding a plaque as large as 3/4" x 2 1/2" to the front surface.

  Model BD752MC light base:
$23.00
BD753MC and BD753W
Medium Power Multicolor or White Base
These compact light bases are 2.75" x 2.75" x 3/4" and comes with a choice of multicolor-color changing or bright white LED's. Each base uses a 0.75" x  0.75" square array of 9 high-intensity LED's to brilliantly light your specimen. The multicolor version continually cycles through a variety of colors. As the colors change, they illuminate various regions of the figure, creating a beautiful continually blending and shifting display. The white LED base bathes your figure in cool white light, and works very well for areas that have brighter ambient lighting, such as offices. The black plastic exterior has an attractive matte finish. This base can also be personalized by adding an optional engraved plaque on the front-facing surface. These bases are significantly brighter than the BD752MC or BD754W. Adapter output: 12 volts DC @ 300 mA, via a 1.3 mm center-positive connector. This base is currently only available with an adapter for 120 Volt 60 Hz North American/US power.

Recommended for many of our 3/4" and thicker specimens such as Style  2, 4, 13, 13A, 16, 28, 29, 30, 31, 43, 45, 46, 47, 53, and 54
Captured LightningŪ sculptures.

  Model BD753MC or BD753W light base:  $32.00
LED color:
Power Option:
BD754W
Low Profile White LED Light Base
This sleek light base has a brushed aluminum exterior and an square array of four cool white LED's that lend a slightly bluish cast to sculptures. This low-profile base measures 2" x 2" by a slim 3/8" thick. The array of four bright white LED's is approximately 0.8" on each side. The LED's brilliantly illuminate smaller 3D figures. It looks especially good with our 3D Lightning Cubed specimens (Styles 2 and 22 ) and our Ball Lightning spheres. Supplied with a 120 volt AC adapter (North American/US power only). Adapter output: 6 volts DC @ 200 mA, via a 1.3 mm center-positive connector. NOTE: Power adapter is only available with 120 volt North American/US power.

We recommend this base for most of our smaller 3D figures such as Styles 2, 22, 29, 30, 47, and 31 Captured LightningŪ sculptures. 

Model BD754W light base: $27.00


GSB1904L 4" wide bases

GSB1906L 6" wide bases

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CR35MC Light Base
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4.5" Rotating Multicolor Base
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GSB Series Black Satin Brushed Aluminum Bases
Brushed aluminum base with a sleek satin black finish. These bases have a row of bright cool white LED's to fully illuminate 4" or 6" wide Captured LightningŪ sculptures. These are available for 1/2" and 3/4" thick sculptures. The GSB12xxx series is for 1/2" thick sculptures and the GSB19xxx is for 3/4" sculptures. Bases have a velvet-lined cavity to snugly hold and illuminate our 4" and 6" wide Captured Lightning sculptures.  Front surface of the base is flat to accept an optional plaque to create a treasured personalized award. GSB series bases are 1.875" high and about 4.5" or 6.5" long.   Recommended optional plaque sizes are 3" x 1" for GSB1204L or GSB1904L,  or 4" x 1" for the GSB1206L or GSB1906L. Each base is supplied with a power adapter  - choose between 120 volt North American/US, or 240 volt EC, UK, or AU power adapter options. These bases can also be powered from an optional LUMAA3 battery pack for 24 - 48 hours.

Model GSB1204L - 4" x 1/2" light base: $40.00
(For Sculpture Styles 05A, 9A, 14A, and 21A - shorter edge)

Power Option:

Model GSB1206L - 6" x 1/2" light base: $50.00
(For Sculpture Styles 07A and 09A - longer edge)

Power Option:

Model GSB1904L - 4" x 3/4" light base: $40.00
(For Sculpture Style 05)
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Model GSB1906L - 6" x 3/4" light base: $50.00
(For Sculpture Styles 07, 08, 08A, and 10)
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CR35MC  
  Crystal Multicolor Base 
This base uses seven high intensity color LED's centered in an octagonal genuine crystal base with spherical crystal feet. Base is approximately 3.25 inches in diameter x 1.5 inches high, with ON/OFF switch. It slowly sequences through various colors, brilliantly illuminating the sculpture above. Ideal for our cylindrical and spherical sculptures. Base can support up to 3 pounds. This base is supplied with a power adapter - choose between 120 volt North American/US, or 240 volt EC, UK, or AU power adapter options.

Ideal for styles 2, 4, 13, 13A, 15, 16, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31, 41, 42, 43, 47, 53, or 54 Captured LightningŪ sculptures.



Model CR35MC light base: $33.00
Power Option:

   ROT45MC  
Rotating Multicolor Base 
Seven high intensity color LED's centered in a mirrored 4.0" diameter turn-table with ON/OFF switch, it automatically sequences through various light colors, and also rotates at about 1 RPM when powered from the included 120 volt AC adapter. Can support up to 4 pounds. Click here to view a short video clip showing the base rotating and changing colors. The sleek 4.5" diameter base works either from an AC adapter (included, US 120 VAC power only) or it can light the LED's (with no rotation) from three "AA" batteries (not included). Adapter output: 6 VAC @ 300 mA, via a 2.5 or 2.1mm connector. NOTE: This power adapter for this base is only available for 120 volt North American/US power.

Ideal for sculpture styles 2, 4, 13, 13A, 14, 16, 28, 29, 30, 31, 41, 42, 43, 47, 53, or 54 Captured LightningŪ sculptures.

Model ROT45MC light base: $32.00





LM2690RPL







4" diameter black base with white LED's



LM2699 Light Base
LM2700 Light Base
LM2690
Square LED Light Base
(in gloss black or rosewood finish with white LED's)


This base is available with five bright natural white LED's, housed in a black or rosewood base with a beautiful high gloss "piano" finish. Front surface will accept engraved metal plaque up to 3" x 3/4", and top surface will accept an optional metal plaque up to 3" x 1" to convert it to an award.  Base measures 3.5" x 3.5" x 1", and comes with a choice of 120 volt AC for North American/US, or 240 volt EC, UK, or AU power adapter options. These bases can also be powered from an optional LUMAA3 battery pack for 24 - 48 hours.

This elegant, cool-running light base works well with Styles 2, 2A, 13, 13A, 15, 20, 22, 28, 29, 30, 31, 41, 43, 44, 47, 53, or 54 Captured LightningŪ sculptures,
and also for many popular laser art crystals or leaded crystal sculptures. Base can support up to 7 pounds.
 
Model LM2690 light base: $28.00

Base Finish:
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LM2692
Round White LED Light Base
with black satin or gloss black finish

This base uses five bright natural white LED's housed in an elegant wood base with a beautiful  black satin or gloss black "piano" finish. Measures 4" in diameter at the bottom, the top surface is approx. 3 1/4" in diameter, and the base is about 1" high. Each base is supplied with a power adapter - select 120 volt North American/US, or 240 volt EC, UK, or AU power adapter options.  This base can also be powered from an optional LUMAA3 battery pack for short periods (24 - 48 hours).

This elegant, cool-running light base is recommended for styles 2, 2A, 13, 13A, 15,  22, 28, 29, 30, 41, 43, 44, 47, 53, or 54 Captured LightningŪ sculptures. Also ideal for
many popular laser art crystals, leaded crystal art vases, or heavy glass sculptures. Base can support up to 10 pounds.

Model LM2692 light base: $35.00
Base Finish:
Power Option:
LM2699, LM2700, and LM2701
Optical Crystal White LED Light Bases

These bases have bright natural white LED's housed in a rosewood finish base with a beautiful gloss surface. As with fine furniture, the deep finish uses at least 10 coats of high gloss lacquer. The top is slightly recessed, with a shallow square black felt-covered cavity that is ideal for gently holding our 2", 3" and 4" Lightning Cubed sculptures (Styles 02, 22, and 59). The LM2699 is also ideal for displaying spheres or cylinders. The LM2699 base measures 4" x 4" x 1.5", and the LM2700 and LM2701 are approximately 5" x 5" x 2".  These bases can also be personalized by adding an optional engraved plaque on the front-facing surface. Bases are provided with power adapter - select 120 volt North American/US, or 240 volt EC, UK, or AU power adapter options. The LM2699 and LM2700  can also be powered from an optional LUMAA3 battery pack for short periods (24 - 48 hours).

The LM2699 is the perfect choice to complement Styles 1, 2, 2A, 29, 30, 31, and 47
Captured LightningŪ sculptures or for most popular laser art crystals or leaded crystal sculptures. Size: 4" x 4" x 1.5"
Model LM2699 light base: $37.00
Power Option:
The 3 inch by 3 inch top cavity of the LM2700 is ideal for Styles 16 (African Tree and heavy weather) and Style 22 Lightning Cube. Has a center array and two outer rows of LED's to brilliantly illuminate your sculpture. Overall size 5" x 5" x 2".
Model LM2700 light base: $70.00
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The 4 inch by 4 inch velvet surface top cavity of the LM2701 is ideal for Style 59 Four Inch Lightning Cube. Has a center array and two outer rows of LED's to brilliantly illuminate your sculpture. Overall size 5" x 5" x 2".
Model LM2701 light base: $90.00
Power Option:



LM2688RPL Light Base
LM2688 - 4.5" x 3.5" x 1"


LM2689 White Light Base
LM2689 - 6.5" x 3.5" x 1"


 


LM2752BPL Light Base
LM2752BPL - 6" wide, available in Gloss Black finish

 
GAB1212L 12" Light Base
GAB1212L - 12" wide
Black Satin Brushed Aluminum


Battery Holder for LM Series Bases

Other Bases



LM2688 and LM2689
  White LED Light Bases
These bases use a row of bright natural white  LED's housed in a rosewood finish base with a professional high gloss "piano" finish consisting of at least 10 coats of lacquer.  The top and front-facing surfaces are flat to accommodate an optional metal plaque to create a unique, personalized award.

The LM2688 measures 4.5" x 3.5" x 1" with a row of 6 white LED's in a line that measures about 3" x 1/4". This base w
orks very well with our styles 16, and 24 Captured LightningŪ sculptures. 

The  LM2689 is 3.5" x 6.5" x 1" and has 8 white LED's in a line that measures about 4" x 1/4". This base is ideal
for our Style 25 Lich Bricks. 

Each base is supplied with a power adapter. Select 120 volt North American/US, or 240 volt EC, UK, or AU power options. These bases can also be powered from an optional LUMAA3 battery pack for short periods (24 - 48 hours).


Model LM2688 light base: $30.00
Power Option:

Model LM2689 light base: $40.00
Power Option:

LM2752BPL, and GAB1212L
  White LED Light Bases
These LM2752BPL wood base with gloss black finish uses a row of natural white LED's to fully illuminate our 6 inches wide by 1/2 inch thick Captured LightningŪ sculptures.  This 12 inch base is made of brushed aluminum with a satin black anodized finish and bright, cool white LED's. Your Captured Lightning sculpture is held snugly within a velvet lined cavity. The front surface is flat and can accommodate an optional metal plaque to create a custom award. The wood bases are 1.25" high by 2.5" x  8.5" (for 6" x 1/2" sculptures). The GAB1212L is 2" high x  3" x 13" (for 12" x 1/2" sculptures).   Each base is supplied with a power adapter. Select 120 volt North American/US, or 240 volt EC, UK, or AU power options. The LM2752BPL base can also be powered from an optional LUMAA3 battery pack for short periods (24 - 48 hours).

The LM2752BPL base is designed for styles
7A, 9A, 57, and 10A sculptures.

Model LM2752BPL Gloss Black wood light base: $43.00  
Base Finish:
Power Option:
Designed for styles 18A and 21 sculptures
Model GAB1212L light base: $88.00
Power Option:
LUMAA3 4.5V Battery Holder
This is a small battery holder with a short (one foot) cord that can provide power to many of our smaller LM-series and GSB-series bases. The holder also has a handy ON-OFF switch. Works with LM2688, LM2689, LM2699, LM2690, and LM2692, LM2752, GSB1204L, GSB1206L, GSB1904L, and GSB1906L light bases. The LUMAA3 can be used with three 1.5V AA alkaline or rechargeable batteries. Battery-life varies depending on the number of LED's in the base and battery chemistry, but is generally between 24 and 48 hours.

Model LUMAA3 battery holder: $9
Other Light Bases are also available!

In addition to illuminating Captured Lightning figures, our bases are also ideal for illuminating fine crystal, glass art, or laser art. Please call us (630-964-2699)  or email us if you don't see exactly what you need. Chances are we either have another style base in stock, or we can quickly order one that will meet your needs from our network of high-quality LED lighting suppliers. 









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Quantity Discount Schedule for Sculptures and Bases:

   Quantity:
Sculptures: Bases:

11-49
15%
10%

50-149
25%
15%

150-299
35%
20%

300-499
45%
25%

500+
50%
30%
   

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