Thomas Edison was the first to invent a lightbulb which could be used first for 40 hours before burning out and eventually 1,200 hours. Next he created the first electric power plant so that people could get electricity at home. His plant was called Edison’s Pearl Street Power Station and was started in 1882 in New York City. He had around 85 customers who utilized electricity at their homes in lower Manhattan. Old houses had a very difficult time adding electric wires and as a result mostly new homes received electricity before others. It took some time to catch on, especially because lighting your home at first was very expensive.
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