Links & Resources

Antique Carbon Arc Lamps And Early Electric Lighting Device Facebook Group This Facebook group is an excellent resource for anyone interested in carbon arc lamps and other types of early…

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Brush Arc Lamps

Philadelphia 1878 "Miniature moons on carbon points, held captive in glass globes" A description of the "wonder of 1878": an installation of Brush arc lamps in the window of Wanamaker's…

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Adams-Bagnall Arc Lamps

The Adams-Bagnall Company was formed in the mid 1890's by employees of the Brush/Swan incandescent plant who left Brush after the company was taken over by Thomson-Houston. If you look…

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General Electric Arc Lamps

by Charles Brush The General Electric Company was formed in 1892. It was the result of a meger between the Edison General electric Company and the Thomson-Houston Company, which themselves…

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Lifter

  High Voltage "Lifter"   Electrostatic lifters are fascinating devices that have become popular construction projects for experimenters all over the world.   NASA's recent patent on a type of lifter…

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Carbon Arc Lamps

  By Charles Brush  Yes, there were electric lights powered by central stations before Edison's! Carbon arc lamps saw extensive use throughout the USA and the world from the late 1870s…

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Jacob’s Ladder

If you've ever seen a Frankenstein movie you have probably seen a Jabcobs Ladder or "climbing arc". The familiar "Bzzzzzzzzzzz....snap!" sound is a staple of old horror movies. So how…

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The Tesla Coil

Nikola Tesla invented the the Tesla Coil near the end of the 19th century. A Tesla Coil is a pulsed air-core resonant transformer capable of creating enormous voltages and huge…

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