Columbia, Manhattan, Edison discussed on Historical Figures


Ss columbia and there was already a small patch of manhattan that was glowing with edison's incandescent light hines catch him in company was a printing and lithograph firm that needed the even incandescent electric light to match color swatches after daylight hours their offices at four forty nine water street where the first location of an edison isolated plant on land the lights switched on successfully in february eighteen eighty two the lighting of an entire square mile of manhattan was a much more massive undertaking edison's company needed to design and oversee the manufacturer of electrical wire voltage meters and all the switches required for thousands of customers then they were the six generators or dynamos as they were called these were twenty seven tonnes each and they each generated enough power for twelve thousand electric bulbs the electricity these dynamos generated was direct current which means simply that the current moves in one direction reaches the user location is meter down in voltage for individual use and turns on the lights direct current is relatively low in voltage and can travel only about a mile or so before weakening at that point it needs a secondary plant to boost its voltage again and send it down the line medicine saw multiple power plants as the solution for long distance electrification in the years that followed edison moved his working office to pearl street in new york's financial district from there he went from inventor to city planner and administrator bay worked with city officials to lay tens of thousands of feet of thick copper wire under the streets once he convinced them it was safe to do so by the time it was ready for service the pearl street project cost the equivalent of six and a half million dollars in today's currency but all this activity would be for not if the city stayed dark when edison through the switch in the last days of summer eighteen eighty two on september fourth.

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