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Talk about an innovative mind! Thomas Alva Edison received almost 1,100 patents in his lifetime. Of course, here at Sculpta Designer Lights, we are most impressed – and grateful – for his many inventions and advancements regarding electricity and electric lights.

Edison wasn’t the only one trying to invent a safe and affordable form of electric light. Various scientists had been scratching their heads over the challenge for decades. In 1880, when Edison had his big breakthrough, contemporary lighting was gaslight. 

Edison – Beyond Lightbulbs and Light Fixtures

As the U.S. Department of Energy reports, “Edison left a profound impact on the nation’s energy sector. Beyond inventing a light bulb that was both practical and inexpensive, he devised a whole system of electric lighting — including electricity generators, wires to get electricity from the power station to homes and light fixtures (lamps, sockets and switches).”

Edison also invented the phonograph and one of the earliest moving picture cameras. Also of ongoing interest was the battery he designed for use in electric cars.

“Back when the automobile was first introduced, electric cars outsold their internal combustion counterparts. Still, the lead-acid batteries that powered these vehicles featured several limitations: not only were they very heavy, acid from the battery would corrode the car’s interior,” the Department of Energy says. “Edison was among the first scientists focused on developing a better alternative.”

Edison struggled with the challenge, but did develop a battery, albeit one that had some issues. “Edison’s batteries were plagued by many shortcomings and were eventually outpaced in the automobile market by the arrival of Henry Ford’s Model T,” the D.O.E. says. “Although it failed to live up to automotive expectations, the Edison battery proved to be a profitable invention and paved the way for the modern alkaline battery.”

With his inventive mind, we like to think that Edison would have approved of the contemporary light fixtures we specialize in here at Sculpta Designer Lighting.