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Revolutionary Light

Revolutionary Light

On Monday, September 4, 1882 at 3pm, 106 lamps were lit in the offices of Edison's financial backers. Fifty-two more lamps came on in the offices of the New York Times. Outside, the bright sun of a summer afternoon reduced the moment to anticlimax. But by evening people noticed what had happened: Edison's lamps threw light across rooms and out windows. Edison demonstrated the practicality of central power stations and a system that would transform the world.

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Great Projects: The Building of America



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