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On October 22 1879 Thomas Edison created the electric light or what we know of it today as the light bulb To make a statement like this that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb is both a huge hyperbole and a huge understatement all at the same time A more correct view is that he perfected a practical light bulb and that his real plan and accomplishment was the invention of an electrical system to produce and distribute electrical power He did in fact invent a light bulb with the correct filament but the invention of the light bulb was already pretty much already doneIn 1878 the best source of lighting was gas Unfortunately it was far from convenient and just made one more thing for mom to clean up It was unsanitary so of course it was unhealthy uncomfortable and dangerous When gas burned it creates a black residue called soot Back then there was soot everywhere soot on the fixtures soot on the wallpaper soot on the furniture and even soot on the carpet The fixtures in the whole house alone had to be cleaned almost every day It ruined the air quality by producing soot and taking away the oxygen supply During the summer it made the air even hotter and more uncomfortable The houses built back then were not built for good circulation and this did not help out very much It caused explosions fires and how were you supposed to trust your kids at home by themselves One slip and the whole house would go up in smoke httpwwwbergenorgAASTProjectsTimelineHousing19historylhtmAlthough from an industrials point of view the light bulb had no negative characteristics it indirectly created many environmental and social ramifications After the invention began to catch on a great demand for electricity began to take place Power plants which were extremely ineffective at first began to spew pollutants into sky The original concept of electrical generation was steam-powered turbines In
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