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Lamps and Lighting Fixtures – A Truly Bright Idea!

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The design of Lamps and Lighting fixtures actually have quite a history behind them. Knowing about the history of lamps is as fascinating as the act of collecting them.

The evolution of the lamp started with the human discovery of fire.

Humans discovered that fire was not limited to cooking their food, keeping them warm, and protecting them from wild animals but also enabled them to see their surroundings when it was dark. So, illumination also became essential to human life.

Lamps and LightingFuel has played a major role in the design of lamps and lighting fixtures throughout time. The first lamp designs were open vessels, and they were not even intentionally made.

They were naturally present and humans discovered them to be convenient containers of light source.

The first lamps and lighting fixtures were created around 70,000 B.C, with concave rocks and shells serving as vessels for light source.

These objects were filled with dry moss soaked with animal fat and ignited.  The fat-soaked moss was also wrapped around a tree branch or animal bones to make torches.

Much later, these natural objects inspired humans to copy them as designs for lamps and lighting fixtures made of pottery, alabaster, and metals.

Then, wicks were added to control the rate of the flame. Circa 7th century B.C., the Greeks started making terra-cotta lamps and lighting fixtures which replaced the handheld torches.

In fact, the word lamp is derived from the Greek “lampas” which means torch.

The Evolution of Lamps and Lighting Fixtures

The most commonly used fuels until the late 18th century consisted of olive oil, beeswax, fish oil, whale oil, sesame oil, nut oil, and comparable substances. On the other Lamps and Lightinghand, the ancient Chinese collected natural gas in skins to be used for illumination.

Kerosene, which is a petroleum derivative, became a popular fuel for lamps and lighting fixtures around 1859, when drilling for petroleum first started.

Coal gas was introduced as lighting fuel as early as 1784. Natural gas was also utilized around this time.

The first commercial use of gas lighting began in 1792, when William Murdoch used coal gas for the lamps and lighting fixtures that adorned  his house in Redruth, Cornwall.

The first person to patent coal gas lighting was German inventor Freidrich Winzer (Winsor) in 1804.

Another innovation, the "thermolampe" used gas distilled from wood and was patented in 1799.

The first U.S. gas light patent was received by David Melville in 1810.

Gaslight came into use in streets of most cities in the United States and Europe in the early 19th century.

This development in illumination gave way to low pressure sodium and high pressure mercury lighting in the 1930s.

Moreover, the development of electric lamps and lighting fixtures replaced gas lighting in homes at the turn of the 19th century.

Classic Style Lamps and Lighting Fixtures

In the 18th century, a major improvement in lamp design came about with the invention of the central burner.

A tight metal enclosure held the fuel source. To control the amount of the fuel used and the intensity of the flame, an adjustable metal pipe was added.

It was also during this period that a new design was developed to improve the lamp’s function—a small glass chimney was attached to the lamp to control the airflow to the flame.

The first person to develop the principle of using an oil lamp with a hollow circular wick surrounded by a glass chimney was a Swiss chemist named Ami Argand.

It was Argand's innovation that sparked the production of artistically designed lamps and lighting fixtures.

The biggest invention to date however is the electrical lamp.  Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb eventually replaced gas as the primary source of energy for lamps.

Starting from the 1800s there have been many types of electric lamps such as non lights and fluorescent lamps that became popular for both commercial and home uses.

Another form of lamp is the sodium-vapor tube, which is typically used for street lighting, as well as for other big areas such as mall parking lots.

Along with the improvement of the light bulbs, the styles and design of lamps also developed.

From its crude designs of rocks and shells to the modern day electrical lamps and lighting fixtures, lighting revolution has come a long way.

As it is, lighting has developed not just into about illuminating one’s home but also into about style.

Residential lighting is not limited to the indoors but to the outdoors as well.

Indoor lamps and lighting fixtures come in various types from floor lamps, table lamps and more.

Popular styles include Tiffany, rustic, Victorian, and tropical. These styles can also be classified into vintage lamps, antique lamps and contemporary.

Basically there is a style for any type of interior design ideas.

The most vital thing to do when choosing a lamp for your home is to reflect on these two ideas: the amount of light you need and the style you are going after.

You will then see that everything is easy from there on in. So there you have it the complete lineage of the design of lamps and lighting fixtures.

The world is much brighter now!

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