Impact Project

By: Matt McCoy

Summary of Importance

Without the invention of the light bulb we would still be spending our days and nights in darkness.Unless you prefer the use of candle light, oil lamps, camp fires and the such all the time, light bulbs are an important part of our daily lives because simply
speaking they provide the light we need in order to see.
The invention enables us to be able to conduct work at night. This greatly improves productivity, enhances the quality of our life, and reduces crime rates. Personally, I think the wheel is the most important invention. It's the precursor to technology as we know it. The link below provides more insights on this topic.

The Political Impact

The practical incandescent light bulb is one of the most transformative patented inventions of all time. Safe, effective lighting became generally affordable for widespread residential use for the first time. Business operations also changed dramatically as workers were able to work more easily at night, eventually leading to shifts that could operate around the clock. Edison did not invent the light bulb, though he is more appropriately credited with having “lit up the world.”

The Social Impact

The social impact of the light bulb is that now everyone can live and interact in light instead of darkness

The Economic Impact

The economic impact of the light bulb is that it reduced the use of coal oil which affected the coal industry. Cities and individuals had to pay to have their lights converted to electric from oil or gas. As a society, it would have affected the hours people keep. Better, cheaper light. It would also draw more lines of distinction between the classes; those who could afford it and those who could not. It should have cut down on accidental fires started by candles and/or lanterns. Culturally: look around you. there are neon signs, bulbs of different color, iridescent vs fluorescent. Keep going from there
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Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph the motion picture called and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park". he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.[4]