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        Invention of the Light Bulb | How We Got to Now: Light

        Though we often credit Thomas Edison with the invention of the light bulb, he and his team built on more than 40 years of research by other inventors and engineers. In 1878, Edison bought up an existing Canadian patent for an early light bulb, brought together a team of engineers—setting up the world’s first research and development lab—and worked with them for two years before unveiling a light bulb that could burn for more than 1,000 hours.

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