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Would Edison approve of this monumental shift to LEDs?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 10:45am
Chris Warner, Executive Editor

Here’s a news story that was inevitably going to happen. Time marches on, yet irony is still irony.

According to NJ.com, (http://bit.ly/1dzzma8), the 118-foot tall tower in Edison, New Jersey, where Thomas Edison revolutionized the incandescent light bulb, which is topped by a 14-foot glass replica light bulb, will no longer be lit by an array of incandescent bulbs. Instead, when renovations are completed, the replica bulb will be lit by LEDs.

The news article asks Thomas Edison experts if he would view the lighting change as a good thing, and they pretty much agree. As do I. There’s a quote widely attributed to Edison: “There’s a way to do it better. Find it!”

The best quote in the article came from Paul Israel, a Rutgers professor and a Thomas Edison expert: "He was very aware of the inefficiencies of the electric light system. ... He'd have been even more pleased if (the LED technology) came out of his lab. If it came out of someone else's, maybe not so much."

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