A brief introduction about the history of Edison Bulbs

December 30, 2014 by Sarah Longfellow

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edison bulbsEdison bulbs are named after the famous Thomas Edison who, as historians say, produced the first ever commercially viable light bulbs. Although many people tend to think that Thomas Edison was the inventor of light bulbs, it is not quite true. Research for bulbs began in 1802 by many different people but in 1878, Edison patented his invention and later they are known as Edison bulbs.

Edison’s experiments involved a lot of materials and fabrication. Platinum was looked at as an option but soon enough it was noticed that it was very difficult to work with. It had a tendency to weaken up by the heat produced inside. On top of that it was very expensive to get and had very low resistance as well.

Edison then tried a material called filament, which proved to be a success as it burned for 14 hours straight. Edison kept on improving his design and making the best of his time. He then started making lamps which burned for days and showed the people. Edison then laid his eyes upon a carbonized filament which would prove to burn for 1200 hours straight, hence electric light was born and gained a lot of popularity. Later on Edison started producing and manufacturing these carbonized lamps.

edison bulbsEdison bulbs are bulbs which you can look directly at without hurting your eyes, they provide a vintage atmosphere to a room and are often used bare. Edison bulbs look different because the filament inside is usually stretched out, forming striped lines to be seen inside. Edison bulbs are usually used in restaurants to provide a more vintage and rustic atmosphere. Since the light is dimmer, it makes food look better, according to studies.

Edison bulbs are a piece of proper antique hardware and are expensive in today’s market. Mainly due to the reason of its branding and age, and also because people only keep them for show and not actual use as Edison bulbs are 90 percent heat and not light. So much heat is bad and reflects on the electric bill. For over 100 years the technology used is unchanged but there is no saying that it will not change.

Edison bulbs have changed the way people live in the dark and made gas lamps a thing of the past. We would have still been reading and working in very dim and combustible light. Edison’s production inspired many more contributions to the electric world as we can see now.

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