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The Standard of living prior to Thomas Edisons great inventions was of poorer quality Up to the latter half of the nineteenth century the machine had always been closely bound to its prime mover Baldwin 50 It could not be placed too far because of the inefficiency of belts and shafting as a method of distributing energy Clark 53 Energy and power is everything it is the key to a working invention Each gear joint or wheel was a source of power loss Conot 43 Known for his brilliant inventions and ideas Thomas Edison improved the standard of living at the turn of the twentieth century with such inventions as the electric light bulb and the electric generator At the start of the nineteenth century electricity was a scientific curiosity a plaything of the laboratory As the result of widespread investigation and experiment however it became a commercially useful form of energy such as illumination Jehl 92 For the first time electricity offered something useful not only in industry or in commerce or on the theatre stage but in every home Electric lighting would now replace the traditional gaslights that were used Baldwin 51 Thomas Edison improved the standard of living during the late 1800s with the electric light bulb Appendix J With his ideas and inventions he helped the American way of life and opened the way to lighting around the world Edisons invention of lighting using electricity would now begin to phase out the gaslight era Now that the gaslight era was coming to an end gas stocks began to tumble People believed he would now replace gas lighting with electricity Buranelli 47 Edisons first announcement that he had a practical filament that had the necessary endurance for long illumination was premature Not long after he found a filament that would work for long periods of illumination Baldwin 30 Appendix I Unlike other inventors who failed Edison kept trying and succeeded Buranelli
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