Light Bulbs : The Invention That Changed The World

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Light bulbs: The Invention that Changed the World In our contemporary American society, we tend to take for granted the incredible inventions that surround us daily. From the inventions of cell phones to hybrid cars, new innovations shape our daily lives. One important invention transformed the American lifestyle and increased productivity: Light bulbs. In 1879, Thomas Alva Edison developed an incandescent light bulb that used platinum filaments, which was later replaced in 1880 with a carbonized bamboo to increase burn time. Before the invention of incandescent light bulbs, gas lighting was widely used and posed a severe threat to consumers. Majority lamps were not even used in homes because of the many deaths and injuries that were reported due to dangerous gasses found in the gas lamps. This prompted Edison to find a more affordable and safer lighting method. The incandescent light bulbs had a significant economic impact which improved the productivity in America for centuries. “Edison consciously modeled his plans for an electric lighting system on the gas light technology. Instead of gas-making plants, he designed generators” (National Museum of American History). Edison was not the first person to try to invent an incandescent light bulb, however he designed a light bulb using carbon-based, high-resistance filament. The Edison Innovation Foundation states, “It was not until several months after the patent was granted that Edison and his team discovered that a

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