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Industrial and residential lighting have come a long way, from back when the main source of light was from natural daylight, to the current, most popular form of illumination – LED lighting.
Nowadays, we take our lighting for granted; few things are more unremarkably unnoticeable in our daily lives than our light bulbs or wall lamps. That is, until one of them breaks down, which seems about like the only time we actually give them some thought, only to promptly forget them after replacing the faulty unit.
Well way back when, things weren’t so simple – illuminating a room was not as easy as flicking a switch. Lighting technology had to come a long way in order to reach its current state, where it’s not just about providing light, but to also do it in a way that complements our environment or that helps create that certain feel in your household.
The truth of the matter is, while illumination has been part of our daily lives since we were simple cavemen fumbling around in the darkness, it comes from much humbler beginnings than what you might suspect.
The first form of illumination dates back to approximately 72,000 years ago, before recorded history. Back then, our forefathers depended on very rudimentary techniques to stave off the darkness: they would grab rocks, hollow shells, or other similar materials were laced with moss or other flammable components, which were then dipped in animal fat, resulting in a form of primordial torch, which would burn for a long time without needing to be replaced very often. The animal fat would perform the same function as modern-day lighter fluid, in which the flame would burn off the coating without damaging the moss or torch itself.
As time went by, the torches evolved very little. There would be some variations to improve their burn rate, but in essence, it was all the same – a stick laced with moss and dipped in fat. It wasn’t until the 7th Century BC when new materials began to surface. Alabaster and pottery became commonplace, and torches started evolving. The people of this time added a wick to standard torches, in order to control how these burned, and they started using pottery to enclose the flame, creating an early kind of lamp. The first models of these handy objects were created by the ancient Greeks and were called Terracotta Lamps. In fact, the term “lamp” comes from the Greek word lampas, which literally translates to torch. These lamps burned some type of fuel and were enclosed in an aesthetically pleasing container, and they became the norm for a few centuries. It would be quite some time before the next big breakthrough in lighting technology would happen.
It wouldn’t be until the early 19th century when we would see the first electric lamps. In 1801, the first electric lamp was created by Sir Humphrey Davy. But while the lamps at the time were certainly powered by electricity, they were very limited: they were too loud, could only be used outdoors, and in other words, were too impractical to be of any use in the household. The prototypical electric lamps were only beginning to scratch the surface of modern illumination as we now know it – it wouldn’t be until Sir Joseph Swan and Thomas Edison developed the incandescent lamp that electric lighting would be catapulted into widespread, international recognition and use.
Edison was well aware of the limitations of the lamps at the time; he invested many years of his life in developing a bulb that would burn brighter and for longer lengths of time. You see, Swan had been on the right track for some time, even going as far as inventing the first light bulb, with the unfortunate drawback that the filament of his bulbs would burn up too quickly to be of any practical use in any given household. Swan would periodically improve his models until the year 1878, where he gave his first demonstration of the prototype, but it was still impractical due to the short life of the lamp.
In the aftermath of Swan’s demonstration, Thomas Edison vowed that his electric company would be responsible for creating the first practical light bulb, and thus he undertook one of the most difficult challenges of his entire life. The problem with current bulbs revolved around the filament used for light source, so he concluded that this was the component that had to be upgraded in one way or another. He started out by using Lewis Latimer’s – another American inventor – carbon-based filament, which resulted in a lightbulb that would shine brighter and for longer periods of time.
After this initial bit of success, Edison would fetch components from every corner of the world in his search for the perfect filament. Eventually he would find the answer in the form of an outside patent, which he used on his own lightbulbs, and created the first practical incandescent lightbulb, much like the ones we have grown to know and love our whole lives. In his research for the perfect bulb, Edison would also create over 300 other items to be used in conjunction with the lamps themselves, such as switches, generators, sockets, fuses, cables, and many more. Thomas Edison dedicated his life to inventing groundbreaking products which would ultimately lay the foundation for our modern way of life.
The rest, as they say, is history.
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