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Van Mensvoort
December 29th 2008

edison electric light
19th century people needed some explanation to understand the difference between the regular candlelight and the electrically simulated candlelight. Note the disclaimer at the bottom: "The use of Electricity for lighting is in no way harmful to health, nor does it affect the soundness of sleep."

For all we know 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was inspired by the developments in lighting technology when he wrote that "in the end, every second nature becomes the first".

See also: Luxalive the emotionally aware lamp, Magical interaction. Thanks Berry.

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Joe Thorpe
Posted 10/08/2011 – 20:20

Tragically, the discovery of ipRGCs in our eyes shows Edison led us into a deadly error. See

Posted 02/03/2009 – 06:16

This is better:

Posted 02/02/2009 – 19:20

I'm afraid I have to set you straight on your explanation of the amusing note concerning 'Edison's Electric Light'.
I don't think the use of the match refers to candlelight. In between candles and matches there was gas light, which was used to light streets, public buildings and private homes in many cities. In Berlin, where I live, c. 40,000 streets lamps still use gas today, though they are lit automatically, not with matches. Another type of lamps that were and are lit with matches is, of course, oil lamps.
Keep up the good work.

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