28 days of Black Inventions: Carbon Filament Light Bulb

28 days of Black Inventions

February 13th, 2017

Carbon Filament Light Bulb

As we normally do this time of year, we’re going to celebrate Black History Month by acknowledging 28 of the most influential, world changing inventions by Black People. Our goal is to shed light on some inventions that most people probably didn’t know about, some of the lessor known inventions as well some of the more notable inventions. So, join us on our 28-day journey and you might learn a thing or two.

Carbon Filament Light Bulb



There are not too many people that can claim they were there when two of the most important Inventions were being made. The carbon filament light bulb is an improvement on an existing Invention, Thomas Edison’s light bulb. However, Edison could never master the staying power for the light. His bulbs would burn out in a matter of days sometimes hours. In 1881, With the invention of the Carbon Filament Light bulb it improved on Edison’s Invention by lengthening the total duration of the bulb allowing it to be mass produced and eventually viable enough to power the globe. The dark ages are over.

Lewis Latimer


I’m sure you’ve heard of a man named Thomas Edison, the man who Invented the light bulb. I’m also sure you’ve heard of the man who Invented the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell. Then you should also be privy to a person who worked close with both in a real way. Helping Alexander Graham Bell Draft his Patent for the Telephone. Also, working with Thomas Edison in his Laboratory during the Invention of the light bulb. His name was Lewis Latimer, an African American Draftsman & Inventor. Who has 7 Patents accredited to him or jointly with others.

Lewis Latimer was a brilliant, mostly self-taught Draftsman (he learned by watching other Draftsmen) man whose accomplishments are worthy of his praise. He helped globalize and improve upon an idea/Invention that made it more useful for public usage. Thomas Edison invented the Light Bulb, very true. But his Light Bulbs would only work for a maximum of a few days. Lewis Latimer developed a new way to preserve the light thus lengthening the life span of the bulb. He received a Patent for this work on September 13, 1881. Latimer’s story goes way beyond these two paragraphs his life was a life well lived.



Editor’s Note: 

Lewis Latimer was the definition of a self-made man. He taught himself how to do almost everything he knew. No formal education yet brilliant. I don’t know if his talents made him a wealthy man but what he gave to the world is worth its weight in gold. #Thankyou



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