The History of the Light Bulb – they’re not as young as you think!

When we think about early light bulbs, the name “Edison” inevitably pops into mind. But there is actually an interesting history of experimentation with creating light sources in glass bulbs that began long before Thomas Edison came on the scene.

In 1710, a British scientist named Francis Hauksbee experimented with static electricity and glass globes to create a glow. In 1802 Humphry Davy used platinum to create an incandescent light. Throughout the 19th century, scientists and inventors worked hard to perfect the ability to create light in bulbs. Charles Francis Brush was somewhat successful and started the “Brush Electric Company” in 1880.

 

October 21, 1889 is the date credited as the time of invention of the light bulb containing a carbon filament created by Thomas Edison and Lewis Howard Latimer (yes, there was another brilliant mind involved!). The first public demonstration was held in New Jersey on New Year’s Eve in 1879. Quite a way to ring in the New Year!

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