The Lightbulb Essay

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Among all of the inventions created in 1750 -1900, the light bulb was perhaps one

of the most effective to the everyday lives of people. Its invention is credited to Thomas

Alva Edison, an American inventor and businessman, who created it in 1879. The design

of his light bulb was a carbonized filament inside a glass bulb with a screw base. It glowed when an electric current pass through it, possessed high electrical resistance, and lasted a lot longer than previous sources of light had.

Before Thomas Edison's light bulb, gas was the best source of lighting so people

turned to candles, oil lanterns, and gas lamps to light up their rooms. It would take many

candles, oil lanterns, or gas lamps to fully light up
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This created the need for people to start searching for a cheaper

and easier way to light up their homes.

Within 25 years after being invented, millions of people had installed electrical

lighting in their homes. The new source of light was healthy, clean, and lasted way more

than a few minutes. Most importantly, the light bulb was safe. It only took one light bulb

to light up a good-sized room and it was a lot less of a hassle to do so. People didn't

have to deal with gas anymore and didn't have to clean soot residue from their wallpaper,

furniture, and carpets every day. Light bulbs were available to just about everyone

because they were so inexpensive. Peoples' lives became a lot more comfortable and

easy in their homes.

Today, people use light bulbs almost everywhere. They light up streets and cities

at night, our refrigerators, automobiles, Christmas trees, rooms, etc. Today, you can light

up a whole room with just a flip of a switch and you can light up a refrigerator just by

opening its door. It would be extremely difficult and unbearable to go even a day without

the use of a light bulb. Light bulbs make it possible for people to see everything that they

need to when they need something done whether it's in daytime or nighttime. They allow

people to participate in a wide range of activities whenever they want to. Without light

bulbs,

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