Beautiful Science: Light

Harnessing and understanding light have challenged humankind for centuries. Our understanding of the properties of light and energy, as well as the ways in which we use them, continue to evolve. Here, the complex science of light is presented through the lens of experimentation. The exhibition also includes a significant collection of historic light bulbs.

Historic Light Bulbs

The Huntington's collection of historical lamps consists of nearly 400 light bulbs, about half of which are on display in these cases. The light bulbs range from the 1890s to the 1960s. They include examples of the variety of bases, filaments, and globes in use before the development of current incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs.

Lightbulbs: Case 1

Learn more about bulbs 191, 517, 537, and 548 - see them in the Dibner Hall of the History of Science.

Bulb 191
 
Bulb 191
Bulb 517
 
Bulb 517
 
Bulb 537
 
Bulb 548

Lightbulbs: Case 2

Learn more about bulbs 176, 566, and 594 - see them in the Dibner Hall of the History of Science.

 
Bulb 176
 
Bulb 566
 
Bulb 594

Lightbulbs: Case 3

Learn more about bulbs 608, 618, and 635 - see them in the Dibner Hall of the History of Science.

 
Bulb 608
 
Bulb 618
 
Bulb 635

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