Hist 390 Blog Post 2; 1850-1900

Patent of the Incandescent Light Bulb

edison-patent-light-bulb-m http://americanhistory.si.edu/lighting/history/patents/ed_inc.htm

On January 27, 1880, Thomas Edison patented the incandescent light bulb. This gave him full rights and legal representation, as well as reproduction and marketing of this invention. The incandescent light bulb helped pave the way for useable electricity for productive use in a work and home setting setting alike. This document shows the internal, as well as external mechanics and engineering that went into creating the light bulb, as well as the mechanism required for active electrical charge. The production of the lightbulb led to the need for the “better lamp”, in which Edison’s creation using the wired fuse allowed for optimal charge for lighting. In this time, it became more of a necessity to have a lamp in everyday settings. It allowed for every day work to become easier and for more hours to accumulate for labor workers.

Socially, the invention of the incandescent light bulb created a sense of new “freedom” for people to do more with their time. Creating an efficient light source added hours to the day. Economically, this bulb provided a sense of luxury for such buildings and steamers for accommodations and transportation purposes. People became highly impressed with this luxury, which was a way to harness electricity and use it effectively.

The impact of the incandescent light bulb allowed for a propulsion of engineering that led to the expansion of electricity in commercial settings and homes alike. In Today’s culture, incandescent light bulbs have become an economically savvy necessity. The new version allows energy savings in electricity which is ideal for cost effective living. Saving money is a large consumer target, since electricity is an expensive utility in our current society. Certain forms of this original technology could’ve been considered highly dangerous due to the fuse that was connecting contrasting wires. The flammability caused concern for household use because electrical fires were becoming more evident. Fortunately, with advancement in the engineering of the incandescent light bulb, the invention has proved to be the safest of all bulbs for replaceable use in homes and the work environment.

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