Bulb with carbon filament, ca. 1905

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Bulb with carbon filament, ca. 1905

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The inside of this lamp has a coating of carbon, the result of carbon vaporizing off of the filament, hitting the cooler sides of the bulb and depositing itself there, reducing the amount of light available from the bulb.

This problem kept light bulb inventors and engineers working to develop more efficient filaments, which they did with the tantalum and tungsten filaments.

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About This Item

  • Title: Bulb with carbon filament, ca. 1905
  • Creator: C.S. Knowles, Boston
  • Creation Date: circa 1905
  • Subject Date: circa 1905
  • Media: Glass, carbon, brass
  • Local Code: 2004.090.4237
  • 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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