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A Brief History of Electricity

By April 17, 2019May 17th, 2019News & Communications

Electricity is present in many aspects of our everyday lives. With it, we wouldn’t be able to charge our mobile phones, watch our favourite tv series or access the internet. However, electricity wasn’t always so prominent. In fact, it wasn’t until 1752 when Benjamin Franklin proved his theory that lightning was made from electricity that many more advances followed.

So where did it all begin, and how has our relationship with electricity evolved over the years? In the latest post from London Electricians, we take a look at a brief history of electricity.

The earliest use of electricity in the commercial sector was for lighting. Traction power for railways sped up the growth of electricity and large power stations were constructed at the end of the 19th century, encouraged by electric trams and underground system in London.

Electricity in the 20th Centuary

Important developments in the 20th century such as computers and communications advancements would have been impossible without the use of electricity. However, a report commissioned by the Government in 1918, found that the mass of electricity generators that had emerged was driving up the price of electricity for the customer. However, by 1926, the Government pushed through the Electricity (supply) act which established the Central Electricity board to build and operate the National Grid, which was mostly completed by 1935.

Electricity in The Modern Day

In the modern day, we are familiar with a wide variety of gadgets that wouldn’t work or even have been invented without the use of electricity. Additionally, we have also seen the advancement of renewable sources of electricity such as solar and wind technology.

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