The first successful carbon filament vacuum lamp was invented by Joseph Swan in 1878 and since them lighting has expanded rapidly with very efficient domestic Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps have now popular for domestic use.

The Museum’s has a number of lamps that can be energised to illustrate some of the developments that have taken place in lamp technology over the years.

An example of an early carbon filament vacuum lamp, an early straight wire squirrel cage tungsten filament lamp and some more modern coiled coil tungsten filament inert gas filled lamps .