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Table Lamps and the History

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to not have table lamps? We take so many things for granted and if we did not have things like lamps we would be wondering what to do and how to add more light.

The earliest history of table lamps dates back to about 70,000 BC. The person who was in need of a lamp for more lighting would take a hollow shell or rock and fill it with moss or other materials that were soaked in the fat of animals. Once the rock or shell was packed with the moss it would be lit or ignited.

It was long after the use of rocks and shells that people began to make things to hold the materials to make light. Manmade pottery, bones from animals and alabaster were used. Wicks were then added at a later time so that there was more control over the burning rate.

Right around the 7th Century BC, the Greeks were making terra cotta lights and lamps. The word lamp is actually derived from the Greek language. Lamp as is what the Greeks call the light which means torch.

During the 18th century the central burner was invented. Today we call the central burner the oil lamp. The source of fuel was encased in metal and there was a metal tube to control the amount of fuel and how bright the light was.

The first electric lamp was invented by Sir Humphrey Davy in 1801. The carbon arc lamp was run by hooking up two carbon rods to an electrical source. By having the rods at a certain distance the electricity would arc and cause light.

Sir Joseph Swann and Thomas Edison both invented the first true electric table lamps. It was the lamp invented by Thomas Edison that became the world’s first commercially sold lamp in the year 1879. Table lamps have come a long way since then.

Table lamps can be found all over the world. These lamps come in a vast array of colors and sizes. There are handmade lamps and designer lamps that can range in the thousands of dollars to own. Table lamps of today are able to run on all kinds of different lightbulbs.

Table lamps can be purchased anywhere that lighting and fixtures are sold. If you do not want to be spending a lot just for a table lamp then it is best to go to the department stores or a home improvement store.

For those who are serious about the type of table lamps they will be displaying should make a visit to a lighting store. The people that work and specialize in just lighting are the experts to ask your questions to. When trying to decide which lighting will be the best for the look and feel you are trying to make it is best to visit a showroom and speak with someone who knows all about lighting and the fixtures.

Also available on the market are the newest LED and task lamps. Although these are still considered table lamps they were developed for a certain task. You will see many of these lamps on desktops. The only lamp that will not fall under the heading of table lamp is the floor lamp. A floor lamp is where the base of the lamp actually sits on the floor.

Floor lamps are a great alternative to the table lamp where space becomes an issue. Both types of lighting will add style and décor to your room. There are so many variations of lamps available that there is a perfect lamp for every taste.


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