Humphry Davy Demonstrating the Arc Light, 1809

Collection of Dr. Bayla Singer

Humphry Davy demonstrates his new electric light for the members of the Royal Institution of London. Power is drawn from the banks of batteries in the basement and rapidly used up by the intense light. Electric light was then only a scientific curiosity, practical only when expense was no object.

Humphry Davy Demonstrating the Arc Light, 1809

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