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Bright History

'This Room is equipped with Edison Electric Light. Do not attempt to light with match. Simply turn key on wall by the door'...
In 19th century this was a common poster in hotels. Unused to electricity, people wondered about the safety of sleeping in an electrified room. Asking if the electricity could leak out like gas, would the room catch fire if one goes to sleep with the lights on..
In early 18th century, Europe streets were lit by gas streetlights. 'La Ville Lumiere', the city of Light. Paris was one of the first European cities to adopt gas street lighting. Lamplighters used to tour the town at dusk to light up each lamps. Today a lamplighter is an extremely rare job, used as a tourist attraction and historic preservation.

Luxo Jr. is a cute story revolving around Carwardine's iconic anglepoise lamp. It was Pixar's first animated short film and highly regarded as a breakthrough in the animation medium, changing traditionalist's interpretation of
computer animation.

Nature's firework display, this was like an explosion of nightlights.. what could be more magical for a school kid? The 'Lampyridae' are winged beetles, commonly called as fireflies or lighting bugs. Use of fireflies in transparent containers was a widespread practice in ancient India as short-term lanterns.

In the days before city lights & GPS, railroad lanterns served a very important purpose of communicating signals at night between trains and stations. It was a portable efficient light source that could be easily seen. It used to have two blue & two red lenses. The blue lens used to shine a signal green colour because of the yellow flame of the burner. These kerosene lanterns have enjoyed a long history with railways & today have become a collector's item.

Originating from the french word 'candelle' chandelier literally means 'candle holder'. In 14th century chandeliers were a simple design, two wood beams firming a cross with a spike at the end of each to hold a candle. As time changed designs became ever more elaborate, reflecting the growing wealth and power of the high society.