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The Earliest Examples of Home Lighting?

The history of industrial and home lighting is nothing short of fascinating and mankind’s ability to harness the power of light was a powerful driver in society’s evolution over the ages. Without it, we would still be living according to the natural sun cycles – sleeping when dark, awake when bright, with very little flexibility in between.

The first ever lamp

We have to travel right back to around 70,000 BC to find the world’s first ever lamp. It was created by filling a shell, hollow rock or another natural object with moss, soaked with animal fat and then set alight. Humans rapidly became to imitate the natural shapes they found with metal, pottery and alabaster lamps for the very earliest forms of lighting. Later on, wicks were added to place control over the burn rate. By the seventh century BC, the Greeks were making terracotta lamps in place of their handhold torches. In fact, the very word ‘lamp’, is derived from the Greek, ‘lampas’, which means ‘torch’.

Oil lamps

By the eighteenth century, lighting had progressed further, with the central burner. The fuel source could now be enclosed tightly in metal and an adjustable tube was employed to control the fuel burning intensity and the strength of the resulting light. Within the same period, small chimneys made of glass were added to oil lamps – both to protect the flame and also to control the air flow rate to the flame. A Swiss chemist, Ami Argand, is largely credited with first creating the principle of using oil lamps with circular, hollow wicks, covered by a glass chimney, back in 1783.

The early lighting fuels

Before electricity, the earliest fuels for lighting were beeswax, olive oil, sesame oil, whale oil, fish oil, nut oil and similar natural substances and these were used until late in the eighteenth century. However, the Chinese were a step ahead, using lined skins to collect natural gas and use it for their lighting.

By 1859, petroleum drilling had begun and kerosene lamps became very popular, being first introduced in Germany in 1853. Natural gas and coal lamps also become widely used – in fact, coal gas was being used for lighting fuel as far back as 1784.

Gas lighting

By 1792, gas lighting was starting to be used commercially, when William Murdoch used coal gas to light his home in Cornwall. The German Investor, Friedrich Winsor was first to patent coal gas lighting, in 1804 and then in 1799, a type of wood-distilled gas was patented as the ‘thermolampe’. The first patent for the gas light was in 1810, in the US.

By the early nineteenth century, most cities in Europe and the US were using gaslights to illuminate their streets at night. This type of lighting became replaced with high-pressure mercury lights and low pressure sodium in the 1930s, then again being replaced by electric lighting in the nineteenth century, as this became the choice of home lighting and industry alike.

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Fluorescent Light and Urban Night Life

The incomparable beauty of the night lies not just in its dark, brooding mystery but perhaps more so in its many hidden worlds. Bats and owls hunt aloft by night, while on the ground below, silvery raccoons and urban coyotes tread the same shadowy paths, mere moments apart. A charming picture, yes, but one that is too often disrupted by the intrusive glare of light pollution. It might be necessary for us to keep our towns lit at night, but the net result is urban glow that causes bats to stay hidden and disorients other nocturnal creatures. The glare of fluorescent light panels also causes sea turtles hatching on the beach to become confused and miss the water, leading many of them to perish. Sockeye salmon tend to become confused if they enter a light field of more than 0.1 lux and they react by heading into the shore. This of course makes them prey to predators and disrupts the species’ reproductive capabilities.

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LED Lighting Options For Home Decorating

The popularity of green technologies is causing more people to think twice about the lighting that is used to light up a home or flat. The cost conscious ideas of lighting manufacturers have paved the way for huge energy savings for home-owners. LED lights are not new to the home lighting market, but they have drastically been reduced in price due to the surge in green lighting solutions. You can decorate in many ways using LED lights compared to traditional bulbs.

Since LED lights use a different form of illumination, the colour temperature is slightly different and makes for a dramatic effect. A slightly bluish tint offers an alternative to the bright white shade of fluorescent lighting. The electrical consumption for these lights is very small and you will notice a large decrease in your energy bill when you decorate or redecorate with LED lighting. There are just as many fixtures available for this lighting as with regular bulbs.

Another advantage to decorating with LED lighting is the mood that can be created. Different coloured LEDs are available to create any type of atmosphere in your home that you wish. LED ceiling lights are available in different shapes and styles that compliment the decorative nature of the light and the colour range that is produced. Some lights can change colours automatically creating noticeable mood changes without requiring a separate lighting controller.

Both indoor and outdoor LED lighting is available to create combinations of lighting styles. Outdoor wall lights are perfect to shine light near entry doors and side walks. A diffused plate is the secret behind the spread of the light. The diffuser functions like a lampshade casting light in a wider direction while using less energy to operate. Many home-owners are turning to LED outdoor lighting as a cheaper alternative to halogen lights.

You have many ways using LED lighting to solve any illumination dilemma that you face inside of your home or flat. Everything from wall lights, picture lights, track lighting and spot lights are made with LEDs to give you more variety in creating the perfectly decorated home.

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The Best Grow Lights from Advance LED Grow Lights

If you are looking for the right LED grow light for your Greenhouse or indoor garden, then check out Advanced LED Grow lights. Expect products that provide the best grow lights available in the market today.

There are a lot of bad imitations of LED Grow Lights in the market today that promises efficiency and longer life, but neither can provide it. There are also cheap lights can you think night give you a big savings, however they do not more properly and will not give you the correct lights needed by your plants. That is why you need to be cautious and knowledgeable when buying the required grow lights that your indoor garden or greenhouse needs.

Here are some grow lights from Advance LED Grow Lights you should check out if you’re into growing indoor plants:

Extreme Flower LED

If you are a florist or an indoor gardener who likes flowering plants, then the Extreme Flower LED lights if best suited for you. The high end LED that specifically for flowering plants, you can expect a yield plants every square foot. With less heat emission our Extreme Flower LED is safe to be directly atop your plants and be assured of a great and huge harvest. This product has 11+ Wavelengths of Color Output; you just plug in and grow, no ballasts or high wattage cooling necessary.

3W LED Grow Lights

Unlike other company that claims to have and Light-emitting Diode grow Light that works like a High intensity Discharging light, the Advance LED Grow Lights 3W LED lights works like HIDs. Expect your plants to grow quickly.

All Blue Extreme Veg LED – USA Made LEDs

For your seedling nursery, the All Blue LED is your biggest worth it investment! You will get higher yields and unbelievable harvests when you use this. With the unique blend of colors present in the All Blue Extreme Veg LED, you can be certain that your plants will have a tremendous growth in such a minimum time. Plus you do not have to worry about bugs problems, high energy consumption and too much heat that can damage your plants. This product will never pose any of these problems. In fact, Extreme Veg LEDs are commonly used by most of the top commercial growers with a guarantee harvest every single time.

These are just some of the high-quality green products you can expect from Advance LED Grow Lights. There are many other speciality products that are suitable for your needs.

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R. Lorraine Namey is an active blogger, traveler, and social media promoter who loves to write about grow lights and sustainable living.

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Create Interior Lighting Using Decorative Lamps

When it comes to creating an interior living space, most people want to have an atmosphere, which is pleasing to look at. There are several different types of lighting that can be used in a home to enhance any type of décor.

Table Lamps with Style

People looking for unique or artistic items will find several interesting lamps they can use for lighting. Items made with wood as the base often come as segmented pieces rather than one solid piece. The wood can be carved into any number of shapes will sanded edges. Wood can also be stained in different shades including maple, redwood, cherry and walnut. This type of lighting fixture becomes more interesting when the lamp shade is added to the piece. The contrasting textures of fabric and wood add their own unique element to both casual and formal rooms.

Stylish home lighting can also be found in an array of glass lamps. Glass can be used to create the shade as well as the base. Some modern styles of the classic hurricane lamp use two glass globes as the upper and lower sections. Decorative lighting is also available in ornamental lamps created with Victorian style shades. These often have small crystals hanging from the ends of the fabric covered shade.

Lamps Designed with Colour

Ceramic lamps used for home lighting can be found in a wide variety of colours and patterns. Some of these add texture to the base by leaving the material rough rather than smooth on the outer surface. The lighting products with textured bases will usually have a matte finish while the smooth ones have a glossy finish. The most common shape used for ceramic pieces is the ginger jar style. When using this type of room lighting, the colours used for the bases and shades are selected to compliment the rest of the colours used in the room.

The lighting products made with clear glass are generally used in formal rooms and bedrooms. The home lighting products created as table lamps are available in a few different sizes, with the smaller items often placed on bedside tables.


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