Great depressing moments in history: Philippe Lebon and the streetlights of Paris

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2 Responses to “Great depressing moments in history: Philippe Lebon and the streetlights of Paris”

  1. mccrum says:

    What I consider one of the more interesting things about this period in lighting is that it took approximately a hundred years or so for 50% of the populace to  move from candles to gas lighting.

    It then took about ten years to get 50% of the populace to use electric lighting.

  2. Amelia_G says:

    What an awesome story! Thank you. This also happened under Napoleon, after the post-French Revolution attempt to implement modern (decimal, secular) ideas and Napoleon hisself had expressed an interest in the practical advantages of engineers’ ideas.

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