Who Invented the Fluorescent Light?


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Peter Cooper Hewitt became the inventor of the first fluorescent lamp when he was awarded a patent in 1901 for his low-pressure mercury vapor lamp. The first high-pressure mercury vapor lamp, invented by German-born Edmund Germer, Friedrich Meyer and Hans Spanner, was patented in 1927.

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Who Invented the Fluorescent Light?
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Peter Cooper Hewitt built upon the work of Julius Plucker and Heinrich Geissler, who applied electricity to tiny gas particles in a tube to create light. Hewitt created a bluish-green light with a mercury-filled tube. He teamed up with George Westinghouse to become the first team to manufacture it commercially. Thomas Edison applied for a patent in 1896, but his fluorescent light used X-rays to excite the atoms and never sold.

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