Carbon wire filament incandescent light bulb

Philips Gloeilampenfabrieken1904/1905

NEMO Science Museum

NEMO Science Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands

In 1891 Gerard Philips established a light bulb factory in Eindhoven with the aim of producing carbon wire filament incandescent light bulbs.The fittings and bulbs come from other factories, but Philips produced the carbon wire in-house.Carbon filament lamps were the first incandescent light bulbs, in which a filament emits light when heated by an electric current.The filament must be kept in a vacuum to prevent it from burning up,and this is why the filament is enclosed in a glass bulb.


  • Title: Carbon wire filament incandescent light bulb
  • Creator: Philips Gloeilampenfabrieken
  • Date Created: 1904/1905
  • Physical Dimensions: 12,7 x 6,7 cm (h x D)
  • Original Language: English
  • Type: object
  • Rights: NEMO Science Museum
  • Medium: glass, metal

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