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Artificial lighting is one aspect of modern home life that most people take for granted. However, it took 130 years of ingenuity for lighting to reach the point we know today. If you’re interested in upgrading your lighting, or if you have any electricity-related questions, reach out to a residential electrician in Tampa.

This video offers an overview of 130 years of lighting, from Thomas Edison’s incandescent bulb all the way to today’s LED lights. Though Edison’s the incandescent bulb was an amazing invention, it’s not very efficient by today’s standards and puts out a tremendous amount of heat. The average incandescent light bulb lasts about 1,000 hours, while a fluorescent tube lasts 10,000 hours and an LED light lasts about 40,000 hours. LEDs may cost more than incandescent bulbs initially, but LEDs make up the cost many times over throughout their long lifespans.