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The first electric Christmas lights

The first electric Christmas lights
  • Edward Hibberd Johnson hired Edison in 1871, and later invested in Edison's Lamp Company to sell bulbs, even though widespread electrification was still decades away.
  • In 1882, in New York City, Edward Hibberd Johnson had an idea. While flickering flames were festive on a Christmas tree, they were also a fire hazard.
  • He strung 80 red, white and blue light bulbs together around a tree that he set up by the street-side window of his parlour. He then placed the trunk on a revolving pedestal and powered it all with a generator.
  • Then he called a reporter.

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