Timeline of Lighting Technology
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Timeline of Lighting Technology
Lighting through the ages (legend)

Artificial lighting technology began to be developed tens of thousands of years ago, and continues to be refined in the present day.


18th century

  • 1780 Aimé Argand invents central draught fixed oil lamp
  • 1784 Argand adds glass chimney to central draught lamp
  • 1792 William Murdoch begins experimenting with gas lighting and probably produced the first gas light in this year.

19th century

20th century

  • 1901 Peter Cooper Hewitt demonstrates the mercury-vapor lamp.
  • 1910 Georges Claude demonstrates neon lighting at the Paris Motor Show.
  • 1925 The first internal frosted lightbulbs were produced.
  • 1926 Edmund Germer patents the fluorescent lamp.
  • 1938 Lightolier, Artcraft Fluorescent Lighting Corporation, Globe, fluorescent fixture making.[10]
  • 1962 Nick Holonyak Jr. develops the first practical visible-spectrum light-emitting diode
  • 1981 Philips sells their first Compact Fluorescent Energy Saving Lamps, with integrated conventional ballast
  • 1985 Osram answers with the first electronic Energy Saving Lamps to be very successful [3]
  • 1986 The "White" SON sodium vapor lamp is introduced.
  • 1991 Philips invents a fluorescent lightbulb that lasts 60,000 hours. The bulb uses magnetic induction.
  • 1992-94 a team at Nela Park, Cleveland, GE, with Jack Strok, creates ceramic metal halide lamps (CMH). Philips follows under W.de Kock and calls their versions CDM Ceramic Discharge Metal. Sales begin 1994. This technology improves to be a superior lighting technology with up to 150 lm/W with good color rendering and 20.000h life with very high lumen maintenance [3][7]
  • 1994 T5 lamps with cool tip are introduced to become the leading fluorescent lamps with up to 117 lm/W with good color rendering. These and almost all new fluorescent lamps are to be operated on electronic ballasts only.[3]
  • 1994 First commercial sulfur lamp.
  • 1995 Shuji Nakamura at Nichia labs invents first blue and, with additional Phosphor, white LED, and starts an LED boom.[3]

21st century


  1. ^ "First Control of Fire by Human Beings--How Early?". Retrieved . 
  2. ^ Domestic Technology: A Chronology of Developments. G.K. Hall. 1988. p. 270.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. ^ a b c d e f Dr.Thomas Klett, Geschichte der Lichttechnik/History of Lighting
  4. ^ http://txchnologist.com/post/77710091911/in-the-beginning-10-inventors-of-the-incandescent In The Beginning: 10 Inventors of the Incandescent Lightbulb
  5. ^ Great Barrington Historical Society, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
  6. ^ Great Barrington 1886 - Inspiring an industry toward AC power
  7. ^ a b Bernard Gorowitz Ed., The General Electric Story
  8. ^ W. Bernard Carlson, Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age, page 132
  9. ^ note: at St. Louis, Missouri, Tesla public demonstration called, "On Light and Other High Frequency Phenomena", (Journal of the Franklin Institute, Volume 136 By Persifor Frazer, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pa)
  10. ^ New York State, Division of Corporations, State Records

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