James Bowman Lindsay was the first person to contain an electrical charge inside of a glass bulb. He proudly showed his creation to others, though it was very unreliable at the time.
Using Humphry Davy's Arc Lamp, Paris set a new record. They became the first city to attempt lighting their streets with electric street lamps.
Heinrich Geissler, a glassblower by trade, created a special tube to use with electricity. It could contain an electric charge, and it would pave the way for neon and other types of lighting.
Thomas Edison devoted his adult life to working with electricity. He patented a lamp in 1879, then a 16-watt light bulb in 1880.
Paris continued setting the stage for the newest designs in electrical lighting. They demonstrated the first neon lighting, which was created by Georges Claude, at the Paris Motor Show.
A man named Edmund Germer created a lamp for fluorescent lighting. This new type of lighting would grow in popularity.
The Philips Company created a fluorescent energy saving lamp. It used an integrated conventional ballast, but it was expensive for consumers to purchase.
When Edison patented his 16-watt bulb, it could last for 1500 hours. Philips created a new fluorescent bulb that could last up to 60,000 hours and be produced at a reasonable price.
A man named Shuji Nakamura created a new type of lighting. Using blue and white LED, or light-emitting diodes, he started a revolution of LED lighting.
The Energy department recognized the need for greater efficiency in electric lighting. They created a device that would package LED's together to generate better lighting.