The History of Electricity

The History of Electricity

January 25, 2021

Electricity has become so commonplace in our technologically advanced world, that it can be difficult to imagine life without light bulbs and modern appliances. However, it is incredible how much the discovery and implementation of electrical currents has changed the course of human history in the past century. At Mr. Electric of Dallas, we offer premium residential and commercial electrical services for property owners in Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding North Texas neighborhoods. Have you often wondered how electricity has evolved over the years? Here are some of the highlights of the history of electricity.  

The Early Days of Electricity

The first documented discovery of electricity goes back to ancient times, as early as 500 B.C. Thales of Miletus noticed that static electricity was created when fur and amber made contact. However, electricity was not understood in the same capacity as today until the 17th century, when William Gilbert published his book about electrical theory, De Magnete. Further discoveries and advancements were made in this field of study by prominent scientists like Robert William Boyle, Benjamin Franklin, George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison. 

The Battle Over AC and DC

At the turn of the 20th century, the industrial revolution sparked debates about the best way to carry electrical technology into the new era. Nikola Tesla preferred AC, claiming that power could be converted to lower or higher voltages with better efficiency. However, Thomas Edison believed that AC was too dangerous and promoted DC. Eventually, Tesla’s AC became the American standard due to its ability to distribute electricity more cheaply in large urban areas. 

How Electricity Has Evolved in Modern Times 

By the mid 1900s, electricity became commonplace in households and businesses across the United States and the world at large. At first, electricity was mainly used as a way to bring light into homes. However, it didn’t take long for manufacturers to put the technology to use in a multitude of ways, creating an endless supply of new appliances and gadgets for public consumption. Now, in the 21st century, electrical devices have taken on a new shape. The internet and smart technology have provided incredible ways for the power of electricity to be implemented. Even the sources of electrical power have evolved, utilizing renewable resources like water, air and sun to empower the advanced tools we use today.

Do You Need Help with Your Outdated Electrical System? Call Mr. Electric Today 

Does your historic property still have the original wiring? Are you using modern appliances and devices on an electrical system that uses an old fuse box? Bring your property into the 21st century with help from the experts at Mr. Electric of Dallas. Our certified, licensed and insured local electricians are always ready to come to the rescue with our 24 hour emergency services. Contact our office to learn more about our wide range of high quality commercial and residential services or to schedule an appointment for your next annual inspection, wiring upgrade, smart home system installation, electrical panel replacement or electrical repair in Dallas, North Dallas, Highland Park, University park, Lakewood, Inwood, Oak Lawn, Lake Highlands, Farmers Branch, Coppell, Irving, Arlington, Texas or a nearby metro DFW area community.