The first electric lights were invented in the 1800's, the earliest prototype of which was created over two hundred years ago by a man named Humphry Davy. This earliest iteration consisted of a carbon filament that would glow when hooked up to a battery. It was primitive and hardly useful due to the fact that it had a short life and burned too brightly to be practical, but over the next 70 years it was reworked by several great minds, culminating in Thomas Edison's acquisition of the patents and his subsequent improvement of their design. Edison began selling the first mass-produced incandescent bulbs in 1880 and since then, billions of them have been sold worldwide. Incandescent bulbs have served us well over that time, but their inefficiency compared to newer alternatives means that they're slowly getting phased out. The future of light bulb technology is, which are superior in almost every way; they last up to 25 timer longer than incandescent bulbs, and use less energy in the process.
Because they use less energy, they also contribute less to the ambient heat of a room, which cuts out some unnecessary work being done by air conditioning units. While the upfront cost of LED bulbs is higher than incandescents by approximately a factor of 5, the life span of LED bulbs more than evens out that cost by itself. On top of that, one bulb can cut as much as $150 off your power bill over the course of its life, which sets the equation firmly in favor of LED. Solar home lighting Advancements in the field of solar technology have created new ways to light your home without increasing that amount of power you're drawing from the grid. While it is entirely possible to install enough solar panels to power not just lights but everything in a home, this currently entails a sizeable financial commitment, and there are simpler places to start. For example,
outdoor lights that have solar panels built into them can provide all the exterior light you need and won't cost you anything more than what's on the price tag.
They can be mounted on steps and railings, or you can line paths with lanterns or rope lights, adding a touch of ambience and style to any yard. Adapting exterior lighting to solar technology is easy simply because the lights themselves are outside. Turning sunlight into interior lighting requires a bit more hardware. Solar panels are the obvious option, capturing the energy of the sun and transporting it inside your house where it can be used for any purpose you choose. Even though solar panels will pay themselves off over time, the technology behind them is still in its infancy, and as such is too expensive to be considered a viable option for many. Another way to bring some daylight into a room is a relatively new invention called a solar tube.
A solar tube is basically a reflective dome mounted on your roof that collects sunlight, transporting it through the tube into the room of your choosing. If what you need is to bring just a bit of extra daylight into a room, a solar tube is a great solution that doesn't require any electrical work. Talk to ahome lighting expert to see the lighting solutions available to you, and how they can be tailored to your home.