Carbon Filament Lamp

Description (Brief):

This is an Edison carbon lamp with Thomson-Houston base and asphalt-coated filament that was developed around 1891. The lamp's base differed depending on the manufacturer of the lamp. Edison, Westinghouse, Thomson-Houston and other makers devised differing ways to attach a lamp to a fixture. Companies quickly began making adapters or, as in this case, making their own lamps with competitors’ bases.

Date Made: ca 1891

Maker: Edison General Electric Company

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Work and Industry: Electricity, Energy & Power, Electric Lamps, American Stories exhibit


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: from General Electric Lighting Company, thru Terry K. McGowan

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1997.0388.57Catalog Number: 1997.0388.57Accession Number: 1997.0388

Object Name: incandescent lamp

Physical Description: glass (envelope material)brass (base shell material)carbon (filament material)Measurements: overall: 5 1/2 in x 2 3/8 in; 13.97 cm x 6.0325 cm


Record Id: nmah_751124

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