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Edison's Electric Light

Clip: Season 27 Episode 3 | 2m 27s

On New Year’s Eve, 1879, Thomas Edison unveiled his newest invention: the electric light. Reporters came from all over the U.S. to see Edison’s Menlo Park lab lit up with his incandescent bulbs. “Edison” premieres January 27, 2015 on PBS American Experience.

Aired: 01/27/15

Rating: NR

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