Product Type: Galileo in Homeware
Newest Review: ... that have sunk to the bottom are the lower temperatures; 4th Bubble: 20 degree bubble 5th Bubble: 18 degree bubble 6th Bubble: 16 degree... more
A classic way to check the temperature!
Member Name: ChemicalRomance
Advantages: Classy Looking Thermometer
Disadvantages: Not really accurate unless you buy a big one!
~*~ What is a Galileo Thermometer? ~*~
To start with this was something I had to ask the internet because I had no idea what on earth this weird thing sat in a box was. It's not necessarily something that everyone would like in their home either it's definitely an acquired taste. This termometer basically uses the balls of liquid to tell you the temperature what is, it is basically the temperature of the room bubble is at the top, those that float below it are the higher temperatures, and the lower temperatures that it isn't sink to the bottom...
Confused? So was I!
It comes with 6 bubbles:
Top Bubble: The temperature of the Room eg 22 degrees
2nd Bubble: The 24 degree bubble
3rd Bubble: The 26 degree bubble
These top ones sit near the top of the tube, those that have sunk to the bottom are the lower temperatures;
4th Bubble: 20 degree bubble
5th Bubble: 18 degree bubble
6th Bubble: 16 degree bubble
Hope that makes it a bit easier to understand!
~*~ Is it any use? ~*~
Surprisingly actually this thermometer is quite handy, admittedly it's not going to give you a totally accurate reading of the temperature as perhaps a digital thermometer would, but it's still quite a classy looking item to have sat on your mantle. The actual thermometer is glass, with a clear fluid inside in which the 6 bubbles of temperature sit - I think mine came from a science museum in London but I'm not entirely sure. Inside the tall slim glass thermometer is six fluid bubbles which come out in multiple colours - with metal tags attached to the bottom and it has the relevant temperatures pressed into them. On mine these are in quite a classic font which looks really nice, and given that the item is quite classic in itself as it's been around for a long time it fits in well. The bottom of my thermometer is a thick round base, so it can sit on a shelf or mantle, and even if it's knocked which I have done a few times it will struggle to fall over, the top of this tapers at a point at the top - but not too pointy so don't worry about getting stabbed with it. You can get thermometers with more bubbles in to give a more accurate temperature but you need a bigger thermometer for that!
It does tell you the temperature though, all aesthetics aside, because for some it might not be the most attractive of items but it will give you an idea of the temperature in your home or in a particular room. I can't say I've ever noticed my little bubbles move as it's done slowly and I haven't got time to stand there staring at it, but in the summer when it's been really warm, checking the temperature on my phone and then looking at my thermometer it seems to correlate quite nicely. Obviously when it's hotter than the highest temperature bubble you have, they'll all be grouped together, similarly when it's cold. So currently mine are all sat at the bottom, because my room isn't what you would call very warm at the minute, just be aware if your thermometer is sat in a window or within direct sunlight that the bubbles will move more with the direct heat. Not only that but they might fade a bit more than you'd expect. So mine is sat outside of direct sunshine - but it still seems to give a good reading of what the temperature is in the room.
Given that mines been sat out in daylight for about 2 years now, it still looks as good as new - admittedly it does pick up dust really easily so I find I'm dusting it regularly but I don't mind because it means it's nice and clear to look at - especially in the summer months I love it. Especially if it's really sunny because you can let the sun shine through it and the bubbles do splash colour across a facing wall, it makes me long for summer even more just thinking about it. These thermometers are quite stubborn because I have dropped it a couple of times and it's still in one piece so from this I'd say the glass on these really are quite thick. People that have come into my room for the first time have said to me, oh what's that - my boyfriend did it the first time he came in, think he was quite confused until I explained it - after all that was also my reaction to it at first. This is a thermometer that will last you a long time, give you a nice hint to the temperature of your room and be a nice talking point when people enter your home.
Otherwise it's a nice pretty piece of glass that has floating bubbles!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
You can buy this in varying outlets across the country most are available on the internet though in varying sizes from around 30 cm all the way up to a metre in height, so they can be a small addition to your room or quite a large one that is a big feature. Varying in price from £10 all the way up to £70 so it's worth giving them a quick search on google to find the one that suits you and your home.
Summary: A classy thermometer that will be a talking point!