From Fire To Portable LED Lights: A Brief History Of Artificial Light

Here at Lemur Light, we are highly fascinated with technological advancements related to artificial light. In fact, our whole goal is to create incredibly bright and portable LED lights that have a long-lasting battery life. This is not only for your convenience, but for your safety, too. You never know when you are going to be without electricity or stuck on the side of the road in an emergency, and having access to a battery-powered, rechargeable LED floodlight can make a huge difference in the outcome. To pay homage to artificial light in just a small way, we are taking a few minutes today to go over a brief history of artificial light. Keep in mind, entire books and documentaries have been done on this subject, so don’t be surprised that when we say ‘brief’ history, we truly mean it! And of course, if you are interested in seeing and being seen even in the darkest situations, be sure to check out Lemur Light’s portable LED lights.

The Beginning Of Artificial Light

It may surprise you to hear that humans have been experimenting with artificial light for tens of thousands of years. While many think of artificial light as light bulbs that rely on electricity, ever since humans have been able to control fire, they have been able to utilize artificial light. By the time 70,000 BC rolled around, humans were able to utilize torches and other means of portable light. We’re sure if humans had the ability to see with the likes of our portable LED lights things may have been a little different! One portable lighting option was the oil lamp, which consisted of a shell, hollow stone, or ceramic carved lamp filled with moss or another fiber and animal fat. When the fiber was ignited, the lamp would burn for quite some time.

Artificial Lighting Hits The Streets

Until just a couple hundred years ago, artificial lighting was mostly used in homes. However, in the late 1700s, large cities in Europe and America began to line their streets with candles and oil or gas-based street lights. Benjamin Franklin is thought to be the leading mind behind this concept, but William Murdoch is touted with creating the invention of gas lighting. Each night at dusk, a lamplighter walked the streets to ignite each street light. Another non-electrical artificial light source that became common around this time is the classic crystal chandelier. While large chandeliers were decorative in nature, their true purpose was to refract natural light around the room.

Electricity Takes Over

Many people wrongfully believe that the light bulb as we know it was invented by Thomas Edison. However, the first incandescent light bulb was invented in 1802, nearly 80 years before Edison got his hands on it. The first incandescent bulb was invented by Sir Humphrey Davy and used a platinum filament. After that, scientists and inventors worked tirelessly to improve upon the design, however early light bulbs were dim and would quickly burn out, making them no good for practical use.

Over the decades, many more adjusted the original bulb to use different materials for the filament, however, not much progress was made. Bulbs improved slightly but could still not be mass manufactured for an affordable price. Finally, major improvements were made by Edison who used a carbonized bamboo filament that would burn for over 1,200 hours, about 1,160 hours longer than the previous best bulbs! In 1880, Wabash, Indiana became the first city to use electrical street lights to keep the town brightly lit even after the sun went down.

All of these advancements in artificial lighting changed the world as humans knew it, allowing for longer work days, night life that included clubs and theaters, and reduced crime at night as criminals didn’t have the cover of darkness on their sides. Soon electrical lighting was widely available to the public, and homes were equipped with light bulbs that could be turned on with the flip of a switch.

Portable LED Lights: Turning Night Into Day

The story of artificial light doesn’t end there. LED lights, which we use in our portable floodlights, are one of the newest lighting inventions and technology continues to improve. We’ve come a long way since the days of torches and oil lamps. Our portable LED lights use bright bulbs that cast out 2,000 lumens of light and last for hours and hours on just one charge. If you spring for our Taylor Edition, you can also utilize the flashing LED safety lights that come in a variety of colors.

Check out both of our rechargeable LED flood lights and never let night limit you again.