Power Trip: The Story of Energy

Lamp Lighters and Moonlight Towers

Clip: 05/18/2020 | 3m 33s | Video has closed captioning.

In most major cities before public lighting, people had to carry torches to go out at night. It was not unusual for con men to offer wayward strangers or visitors their services for a fee to light their path through a dark, unknown city after sunset, only to lead them into an alley where their colleagues would rob them. The rise of city lighting reduced those risks and made the streets safer.

Aired: 05/18/20

Rating: TV-PG

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