Many people think that American Thomas Edison invented the light bulb but did you know that the history of the lightbulb really began here in the UK? In the early 1800’s Humphrey Davy created the first incandescent light, and during the century others worked to improve his design. In 1880 an electric light bulb designed by Joseph Swan lit up a public lecture in Newcastle, not far from Amitex LED’s HQ. It was a world first, and, along with subsequent work by Edison and others, led to the incandescent light bulb dominating the lighting market for over 100 years. Swan’s patent used a cellulose filament in a glass “envelope” filled with a vacuum to produce a diffuse all-round light.
We think Swan would be fascinated to see our latest filament technology, based on his original design. And we’re proud to be following in his footsteps, offering ever more efficient lamps from his home in the North East of England.