Metalized filament bulb, ca. 1904

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Metalized filament bulb, ca. 1904

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Willis Whitney, an employee of General Electric, prepared carbonized cellulose filaments at very high temperatures, resulting in a filament that took on metallic properties.

In an effort to design bulbs that were more efficient and lasted longer, these lamps were desirable as they could be operated at higher temperatures, giving more light per watt.

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About This Item

  • Title: Metalized filament bulb, ca. 1904
  • Creator: General Electric Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1904
  • Subject Date: circa 1904
  • Media: Glass, cellulose, brass
  • Local Code: 2004.090.1354
  • Collection: Central Maine Power Company collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219

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