Thomas Edison’s History with the Incandescent Light Bulb

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Thomas Edison’s History with the Incandescent Light Bulb Who invented the light bulb? Only a few really know the true answer to this question. Most people around the US simply think that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. The story or “invention myth” behind the bulb varies drastically from the general public’s belief. The belief is that a lone inventor, Thomas Edison, sat down in his workshop and simply created the incandescent light bulb out of thin air. Edison in no way created the incandescent light bulb out of thin air. He used the knowledge of previous researchers and inventors to make a the first commercialized light bulb and gained world-wide recognition as a result. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the first know traces of light can be tracked to Great Britain in 1803. Humphry Davy created the first ever man-made light seen in the World. He demonstrated the ability to flow electric current through two pieces of carbon powered by a battery source creating a bright and powerful arc. Some researchers give Mr. Davy credit as the inventor of light (DOE). Things took a drastic change in 1835. James Bowman Lindsay was able to keep a constant electric current flowing. He used parts of Davy’s old design and simply improved it. His ability to keep current flowing revolutionized the technology and created the first ever incandescent light bulb (Live Science). Edison was not born until 1843, so it is ridiculous for him to be credited with inventing the

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