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It’s time to take control as a new era for lighting beckons. By Vanessa Knivett.

Whilst the humble incandescent light is something we take for granted, it is unlikely that those involved in passing patent number 223,898 on 27 January 1880 wouldn’t have realised its likely impact on a world in the grips of an industrial revolution.
When news of Edison’s contribution to the development of electric light was announced in newspapers of the time, it was eagerly greeted by a public keen to lengthen their days with artificial light.
Edison’s efforts initially brought general illumination to municipal buildings and places, starting with the illumination of the Holborn Viaduct in 1882. Infrastructure roll out gained momentum and, by World War II, the electric lamp featured inside most Western homes and work places. Since then, it’s been credited as one of the key inventions of the modern world.
Notable developments in lighting have taken place since then, including the development of shock resistant tungsten filaments, and fluorescent and halogen light. Even so, incandescent light still represents the greatest share by technology.

Vanessa Knivett

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