Brian, check out the Besseler analog enlarging timer, with the foot controller. They also make a digital model, if you want to spend the additional money. The foot controller is a must-have accessory. Continue to use your Gralab 300 to time processing procedures. That's what it does the best. The luminous dial is safe for film, if you keep it about three, or four feet away. I've been using that combination for many years with no problems.