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Thomas Edison Enters Light Bulb Scene
Finally Thomas Edison, after thousands of experiments, in 1879 figures out that carbonized paper filament produces a lasting light bulb. Thomas Edison's bulb produced light for almost 15 hours. Thus, he is credited with producing first effective and useful incandescent bulb.
Thomas Edison tried more than 6,000 different plant species before he discovered one that would work as a proper filament. A few years later a gentleman named Lewis Latimer patented a process that allowed carbon filaments to be manufactured more efficiently. His process extended life of Edison's carbon filaments, producing an even longer lasting light bulb.
Thomas Edison of course never stopped working on light bulb. After creating first incandescent light bulb to last, he worked on creating first useful incandescent lamp. Thankfully many other researchers continued to refine Edison's work. Because of this, there are many different varieties of bulb available today.
Let's take a peak at some of inventions that followed first incandescent bulb.
New Discoveries in Incandescence
The journey of light bulb did not stop with Edison. In early 1900s researchers discovered that tungsten filaments were more efficient for producing long lasting light that carbon ones. Now tungsten is standard for light bulb filaments, even in modern times.
Today light bulb has evolved into a work of art. There are many different categories of light bulb today, aside from traditional incandescent. Some of more popular varieties include:
- Full spectrum light bulbs
- Automotive LED bulbs
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs
- Halogen light bulbs
- Projector light bulbs
- Tanning bed bulbs
- Specialty light bulbs
As you can see, light bulb has come a long way. Thanks to hard efforts of many scientists, light bulb has evolved into a complex creation!
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Antigone Arthur is a successful freelance writer providing consumers with informative articles on such topics as cheap light bulbs, halogen light bulbs, and projector lamps.