Edison's filament lamp, 1879.

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Edison's filament lamp, 1879.

Made by the American inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931). Edison's lamp had a single loop of carbon which glowed when a current flowed through it. The glass bulb contained a partial vacuum; there was so little oxygen in the bulb that the filament could get very hot without catching fire.

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Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
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20 October 2003 15:57
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