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Did you know Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb?

The light bulb was invented in 1801 by Humphry Davy. Many other inventors followed: James Bowman Lindsay, Warren de le Rue, Frederick DeMoleyns, John Wellington Starr, Alexander Lodygin, William E. Sawyer, Albon Man, Hiram Stevens Maxim, and James Wilson Swan, but none of their bulbs were effective for everyday use. Thomas Edison, with assistance from Francis Upton created a light bulb that burned for 1200 hours.

On November 4, 1879 Edison filed for a patent and went on to make a fortune. Unfortunately, Edison did not have permission to use Swan’s design. Swan won a lawsuit for infringement and Edison was forced to take Swan as a partner. Edison eventually bought out Swan and Edison later formed the company General Electric.

In 1883, Edison’s patent on the light bulb was found to be invalid because it was based on William Sawyer’s light bulb but few know the real history of the light bulb. There were many people inventing changes to the original light bulb and Edison’s patented design had many of Swan’s and Sawyer’s ideas.

The truth now knows that Humphry Davy invented the light bulb and Thomas Edison perfected it.

Light bulbs have come a long way since the 1800’s and so have light fixtures. Today lighting has many different uses.  There is general lighting, task light and accent lighting to just name a few and all of these types of lighting are useful throughout the home. Light fixtures can bring a design together and do more than just light up a room. You can remake any room by changing the light bulbs and the light fixture. Dress up your light bulbs with a light fixture that tells everyone who you are.

Do you have an area of your house that needs to be brightened, dressed up, or maybe completely redesigned? Maybe changing the light bulbs and fixtures is not enough or you are not sure what direction to go. We can help! Home Services Direct has the team to make all your ideas become a reality. Like Thomas Edison, Home Services Direct will perfect your vision!

By: Sarah Maynes