Edison's electric carbon filament lamp

Made:
1879
maker:
Ludwig K Boehm
and
Thomas Alva Edison

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Certificate signed by Thomas Alva Edison stating that the lamp (Inv. No. 1880-70) presented to the Science Museum by
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Certificate signed by Thomas Alva Edison stating that the lamp (Inv. No. 1880-70) presented to the Science Museum by
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

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Early carbon and rod filament incandescent electric lamp 1878-9. Made by the English chemist, Joseph Swan (1827-1914).
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Original incandescent electric carbon filament lamp, by Thomas Alva Edison, Menlo Park, New Jersey, United States of America, with bulb made by Ludwig K. Boehm, Menlo Park, New Jersey, United States of America, 1879

Very early incandescent electric lamp made by Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), this lamp has a single loop of carbon which glowed when a current flowed through it. The glass bulb (made by the glass blower, Boehm) was evacuated so that there was so little oxygen in the bulb that the filament could get white hot without burning.

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Details

Category:
Lighting
Object Number:
1880-70
Materials:
cardboard, copper (alloy), glass, lead (metal), metal (unknown), oak (wood), paper (fibre product), platinum (metal)
type:
electric lamp - lighting device component
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • lamp - light bulb
credit:
Thomas A. Edison
status:
Permanent collection

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