Light brings our world into focus. For decades, industrialized societies had to depend on archaic tools like candles, oil lamps and gas. These were messy, unreliable, and more importantly, dangerous. During the 1800’s many inventors spent their lives trying to perfect lighting , and more specifically, to last longer.
Most Americans believe that it was Thomas Edison who invented the light bulb, but this is not the case. In the late 1878 the work of Englishman, Joseph Wilson Swan revolutionized the world of light. He received a patent for his light bulb design which used a carbon paper filament to produce a long-lasting light source, which was only 13.5 hours.
After Swan was awarded his patent, Edison continued to improve on this idea. Edison placed the carbon filament inside an oxygen-free bulb, therefore, extending the bulb’s life to 40 hours. He continued to improve the bulb by bending the filament into a horseshoe which, in turn, created over 100 hours of light. When Edison was finished improving the light bulb he was able to reach 1500 hours of usable light.
Today’s incandescent light bulbs are similar to Edison’s design. Since his time, inventors have spent their time devising lighting systems that use less energy, last longer, and cost less. These include the Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL), lasting 15,000 hours and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDS), lasting 50,000 hours.
Whichever type of bulb your company chooses to use, Commercial Lighting Tampa will find you the most resilient bulb..guaranteed because at Commercial Lighting Tampa, we light up the world…longer.
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