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The lightbulb is one of the most used items in everyday life and it is a very important invention, but most of the time you don’t even realize that you’re using it. It is an invention that has no real inventor, even though Thomas Edison is the name you probably think of, but who really invented the bulb, why is Thomas Edison acclaimed of inventing it, and whose was really the closest to today’s standardThomas Edison Thomas Edison was a very famous inventor in the 1870s through the 1900s and with more than 400 patents, one of his most famous was the light bulb. He also invented the phonograph, a record player that had a non-electrical amplifier that made the sound of the record a lot louder. He also created the carbon button microphone. Sadly, he died in 1931, from diabetes. He lived on in the 1950s when his inventions use was at its peak.The First to Invent the Light BulbWho was the first to invent the lightbulb? Thomas Edison, Right… Well, sort of. Scientists have evidence that Humphry Davy, a British inventor created the first arc lamp/the first incandescent light in 1803. Nearly 80 years before Edison’s patent which was filed on January 27, 1880. Although they still found no evidence that a patent was filed. Frederick de Moleyns was the first to patent the light bulb about 40 years after Davy’s. Although his patent was not used commercially due to the fact that his design was incredibly expensive, and that it ran out of energy too quick to be an affordable solution to candles. About a year before Edison’s bulb in early 1879 Joseph Swan also invented a light bulb. His was cheaper than Moleyns’ design but still didn’t burn long enough to be commercially viable. Finally, in 1880 Edison finally found the perfect filament, after almost a year and over 450 different materials. It lasted some 600 hours and was very cheap to make. The filament was made of carbonized bamboo and was the cheapest and longest lasting at the time. Swan and Edison both applied for patents in 1881, and after 4 months of fighting they became joint holders of the patent.Who was Really The Closest to Today’s Light Bulb?Even though Frederick de Moleyns, was the first to patent, whose was the closest to today’s lightbulb? Today’s light bulbs are made with, a tungsten filament, a metal screw cap connected to a wire that goes to conductive support wires, and a glass shell filed with an inert gas. It works by the electricity going from the socket through the metal cap, into the wire and to the tungsten, which heats up and glows brightly, and the inert gas is less dense than air and the light passes through it easier, and makes the tungsten’s light amplified. Moleyns’ design was a section of powdered charcoal on two platinum wires, inside of an evacuated glass tube, but because the platinum was too expensive, It was never commercially viable. Joseph Swan’s light bulbs were similar to Moleyns’ design but instead or platinum he used carbon. Edison’s light bulb was a carbonized bamboo filament on a platina wire that lasted only a little less than a light bulb today. His bulb had a metal screw cap just like ours, and a line of metal transfering energy to the filament. Which means that Thomas Edison really does deserve credit for creating the first commercially viable lightbulb.In conclusion, the light bulb is a very amazing invention and was invented piece by piece, by many people. Even if Humphry Davy did create an arc lamp almost 80 years before, Thomas Edison had the best light bulb design of the time period. He also was a proud holder of over 400 other patents, and created some revolutionary devices.

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