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Lengthening the Day: A History of Lighting Technology

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Throughout human history people have used light to lengthen their day. Modern life is now inconceivable without the light bulb, but up until the nineteenth century the only useful source of light was flame. This fascinating volume explains how light--from primitive torches to florescent lighting--has affected our daily lives. The book describes how oil lamps, candles, and gas lights work and outlines the principles of all the main types of electric lights now available. Thoroughly illustrated, Lengthening the ...
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Overview


Throughout human history people have used light to lengthen their day. Modern life is now inconceivable without the light bulb, but up until the nineteenth century the only useful source of light was flame. This fascinating volume explains how light--from primitive torches to florescent lighting--has affected our daily lives. The book describes how oil lamps, candles, and gas lights work and outlines the principles of all the main types of electric lights now available. Thoroughly illustrated, Lengthening the Day provides a history of lighting, along with contemporary uses and technical details. Quotations from Aristophanes to Jane Austen, and from James Boswell to Kenneth Grahame, illustrate the social importance of lighting.
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A senior curator at the Science Museum in London, Bowers takes only 60 pages to review the lighting technology of all human history before electric lights emerged in the 19th century. Then he chronicles the early arc and filament lamps, commercial development, commercial rivals to electricity, metal filaments, lighting the home, research, discharge and fluorescent light, street lights, floodlights, lighting for special purposes, the industry, and the future. He includes many quotations from the various periods. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198565482
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/5/1998
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Early lighting
2 Primitive lights 9
3 Advanced oil lamps 27
4 Gas flames 41
5 Limelight 57
The first electric lighting
6 A new kind of light 63
7 The electric arc 73
8 Inventors of the filament lamp 86
9 Commercial development of the filament lamp 102
10 Early discharge lamps 112
11 The Nernst lamp 121
Rivals to electricity
12 The gas mantle 127
13 Miscellaneous lamps 135
Modern lighting
14 Metal filament lamps 145
15 Lighting the home 159
16 Continuing research 171
17 Discharge and fluorescent lighting 177
18 Lighting the world 193
19 What next? 206
20 Epilogue 211
App Report on lighting picture galleries by gas 213
Index 217
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