oil lamps continued to be the homes main light source right through
the Georgian and Victorian period. With the discovery of paraffin in
1850's lamps became more desirable. Gas lighting first appeared in the
Georgian period and was used for street lighting by 1816. It was not
until the Victorian period that it became fashionable inside the homes.
From the 1860's gas light hanging pendants, wall brackets and mobile
table lamps became popular.
discovered and the first successful light bulb was created by Thomas
Edison in 1879. Gas continued to be popular in households and it was
not until the First World War period that builders changed to electric
lighting systems in all new homes.
Nouveau 2. Victorian 3. Victorian hanging pendant 4.
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