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Unformatted text preview: Edison's first practical electrical lighting system was established in 1882, on Pearl Street in New York City. It was a central system, designed to provide light to everyone in the area using six "jumbo" generators. On September 4, 1882, the first day of operations at the Pearl Street station, the plant boasted ten 1/2 miles of mains and four 1/2 miles of feeder lines; by the end of the year it served an area of one square mile. By October, the station served over 1,200 lamps. Edison's work on the light bulb is a good example of how inventors at the time built off of each other's accomplishments and added their own touches to make a product unique. The light bulb was the culmination of nearly a century's worth of work and research on electrical lighting systems, most of it done by other inventors. Edison's contribution to this field was to synthesize all of the past work done on electrical lighting and to solve...
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- Fall '10
- Pearl Street Station, electrical lighting