The History of the Lightbulb

  • The first electrical light

    The first electrical light
    Humphry Davy invented the first electric lightbulb.He experimented with electricity and invented an electric battery. When he connected wires to his battery and a piece of carbon, the carbon glowed, producing light . This is called an electric arc.
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    The History of the Lightbulb

  • James Lindsay

    James Lindsay
    James Bowman Lindsay demonstrated constant electric lighting system using a prototype lightbulb.
  • Trying to make a lightbulb (Warren de la Rue

    Trying to make a lightbulb (Warren de la Rue
    In 1840, British scientist Warren de la Rue enclosed a coiled platinum filament in a vacuum tube and passed an electric current through it. The design was based on the concept that the high melting point of platinum would allow it to operate at high temperatures and that the evacuated chamber would contain fewer gas molecules to react with the platinum, improving its longevity. Although an efficient design, the cost of the platinum made it impractical for commercial production.
  • Edward Sheperd

    Edward Sheperd
    Edward Shepard invented an electrical incandescent arc lamp using a charcoal filament. Joseph Wilson Swan started working with carbonized paper filaments the same year.
  • Heinrich Gobel

    Heinrich Gobel
    Henricg Globel, a German watchmaker, invented the first true lightbulb. He used a carbonized bamboo filament placed inside a glass bulb.Heinrich Goebel was a German watchmaker and inventor who established the development of the light bulb. In 1854, he developed the first practical bulb and also made some improvements in 1859 with his lamp which lasted for up to 400 hours.
  • Joseph Swan tries to make a better lightbulb.

    Joseph Swan tries to make a better lightbulb.
    In 1860, the English physicist Sir Joseph Wilson Swan (1828-1914) was determined to devise a practical, long-lasting electric light. He found that a carbon paper filament worked well, but burned up quickly. In 1878, he demonstrated his new electric lamps in Newcastle, England.
  • Herman Sprengel

    Herman Sprengel invented the mercury vacuum pump making it possible to develop a practical electric light bulb. Making a really good vacuum inside the bulb possible.
  • Charles Brush made carbon arcs

    Charles Brush made carbon arcs
    In 1877, the American Charles Francis Brush manufactured some carbon arcs to light a public square in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. These arcs were used on a few streets, in a few large office buildings, and even some stores. Electric lights were only used by a few people.
  • Thomas Edison makes a long lasting light bulb

    The inventor Thomas Alva Edison (in the USA) experimented with thousands of different filaments to find just the right materials to glow well and be long-lasting. In 1879, Edison discovered that a carbon filament in an oxygen-free bulb glowed but did not burn up for 40 hours.
  • Edison improves lightbulb

    Edison improves lightbulb
    Edison Improves lightbulb until it lastes over 1200 hours.By January 1879, at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, Edison had built his first high resistance, incandescent electric light. It worked by passing electricity through a thin platinum filament in the glass vacuum bulb, which delayed the filament from melting. Still, the lamp only burned for a few short hours. In order to improve the bulb, Edison needed all the persistence he had learned years before in his basement laboratory. He
  • Improved Lightbulb

    Improved Lightbulb
    Lewis Howard Latimer (1848-1928) improved the bulb by inventing a carbon filament (patented in 1881); Latimer was a member of Edison's research team, which was called "Edison's Pioneers." In 1882, Latimer developed and patented a method of manufacturing his carbon filaments.
  • Improving lightbulb

    Improving lightbulb
    In 1903, Willis R. Whitney invented a treatment for the filament so that it wouldn't darken the inside of the bulb as it glowed.
  • Making lightbulb last longer.

    Making lightbulb last longer.
    In 1910, William David Coolidge (1873-1975) invented a tungsten filament which lasted even longer than the older filaments. The incandescent bulb revolutionized the world.
  • Modern day Light Bulb

    Modern day Light Bulb
    In modern days light bulbs are made from magnetic currents and gas that when joined exited the gas and emits light.There are light bulbs now that last for over 2500 days.In 1857, the French physicist Alexandre E. Becquerel who had investigated the phenomena of fluorescence and phosphorescence, theorized about the building of fluorescent tubes similar to those made today. Alexandre Becquerel experimented with coating electric discharge tubes with luminescent materials, a process that was further