Electrical Fun Facts

  • One lightning bolt has enough electricity to service 200 000 homes.
  • First Lighthouse to use electricity - Statue of Liberty (1886)
  • In 1800 Count Alassandro Volta made the "voltaic pile", a battery.
  • His experiments,along with Luigi Galvani, applying electricity to frogs legs and making them jump when touched by an electric wire prompted Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley to write FRANKENSTEIN in 1818.
  • In 1957 a battery was discovered in Bagdad. It was made by the Parthians, who ruled Bagdad from 250 B.C.E. to 224 C.E., and was used to electroplate silver.
  • The Brooklyn Bridge was the first bridge to be lit using electricity.
  • Every year, American homes waste more than $13 billion in energy - an average of $150 per family.
  • More than 10,000 homes in the United States are powered entirely by solar energy.
  • The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
  • Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was one of the most well known inventors of all time with 1093 patents
  • During the whole of his life, Edison received only three months of formal schooling, and was dismissed from school as being retarded.
  • The Livermore Centennial Light was manufactured in 1901 by the Shelby Electric Company. It is a hand-blown bulb with a carbon filament. It uses approximately 4 watts of electricity. The bulb has been left burning continuously in the firehouse as a night light over the fire trucks since 1901.
  • Electrocution is one of the top five causes of workplace deaths.
  • The first use of water to generate electricity was in 1882 on the Fox river, in the USA, which produced enough power to light two paper mills and a house.
  • 10 percent of total US generating capacity is fueled by natural gas, about the same as hydropower. More than half of US capacity is coal-fired, with nuclear accounting for 20 percent.
  • $212 billion in electrical bills paid by US customers each year.
  • An electric oven uses one kilowatt-hour of electricity in about 20 minutes, but one kilowatt-hour will power a TV for 3 hours, run a 100-watt bulb for 12 hours, and keep an electric clock ticking for 3 months.
  • An Electric eel can produce an electric shock of up to 650 volts at one ampere.
  • Currents of approximately 0.2 A are potentially fatal, because they can make the heart fibrillate, or beat in an uncontrolled manner
  • Early in their history, Christmas lights were so expensive that they were more commonly rented than sold. An electrically lighted tree was a status symbol in the early 1900s.
  • A 100 watt modern light bulb emits about 1600 lumens, while a single flame oil lamp form the 1800s emitted about 2400 lumens.
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