It was found approximately 100years before commercial manufacture that a wire could be brought to incandescence by passing a current through it, although the wire or filament would always burn away in short time.
Only twenty years after this discovery was made a man in the mountains was experimenting with the charging of filaments in glass bulbs. Using platinum as a filament he found the life of incandescent material was far prolonged in an airless environment. His pumps were relatively primitive so in order to create such an airless environment he had turned to the techniques of other men using more elaborate pump systems.

Another 34 years after the man in the mountains had been evacuating bulbs, a man from another country moved to another country, using at the time partly evacuated purfume bottles, with filaments made of carbonised bamboo as lamps. Being new in a foreign country he had many devices through which to adapt to his environment, an environment which for the most part would revolve around capital. His found use for the filaments was hence to illuminate his front window to advertise watches he was selling. This had been the first practical use of the incandescent light.
He had not formally registered his practice and fourty years later had to defend his idea in court against another man claiming application of a similar practice.

One main reason the man had not taken commercial pursuit of the invention had been for lack of a stable supply of electrical current and impurities in conductive material, such as copper at the time. Without the wide spread of electricity, people would have no use for electricity in the home or workplace.


The man with which the other man had dispute in court, had been a protaganist of the idea of electrical proliferation. He was consciously designing in a wholistic manner, creating many formative steps towards a whole system of both power supply and its designation, the light.
Also realised by the inventor was the lack of resource for a material such as platinum to be used as filament. In the event incandescent bulbs would go to manufacture using platinum, the substance would be exhausted in a matter of years.

As a provisional solution, he was later to carbonise cotton to be used as a filament for the lamp, a step leading to later more energy efficient filaments with longer burning times.

An enterprising young engineer, in a country far away from the other mans country, picked up on this process, started a company and purchased a former bugskin factory along with all the machinery to mass-produce such bulbs.
A brother of the person who had started the company joined several years later forming a partnership which would bring the company to full fruition. Holding different positions in manufacture and sales their goals had been to respectively “produce more than the other could sell, or to sell more than the other could produce”.
In the first year of the company machines were purchased and installed, contacts for the delivery of raw materials were made and the first production lines tested. Despite fierce competition the company succeeds in securing a market in the incandescent light bulb industry.

The means of lighting would naturally find numerous applications in the home. Growing beyond mere practical use the lights began to acquire various sentimental and festive values.

The filaments themselves however, still maintained a short life span of a only few hundred hours, this was later to change with the annealing of the filaments at extremely high temperatures, which would not only improve life span but the amount of output in relation to electrical consumption by up to 30 percent.