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Handbook of Energy by Christopher G. Morris, Cutler J. Cleveland

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Section 37

Lighting

The subject area Lighting includes entries that deal with advances in the ability to create and employ sources of artificial light, or, in some cases, to make better use of natural light. Progress in the use of artificial light can be described as having a “great divide” in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The developments prior to this time all represent some use of a fuel for lighting, starting with the earliest use of fire by humans for illumination about half a million years ago. Then came the other side of the great divide, the introduction of electricity for lighting in the 1870s through the efforts of Edison and others, and developments since then have been improvements and refinements in the technology of ...

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