An arc lamp is an electric lamp which manufactures light by forming an arc between two electrodes when electrical energy is supplied. The electrodes are separated from each other by a gap. Arc lamps where the first form of electricity that came into existence. As technology improved the arc lamps were also improved, the carbon in the arch was replace by magnetite for a longer span of life.
Why was Carbon Arc Lamp used?
Carbon arc lamp provides bright light which is extremely good. It can be used to light up a large section of the street or even factory interior which is quite large. This was the only electric light that was available to light up big areas in 1800 -1900.
It was cheaper to light streets using arc lamps than gas or oil lamp. This became an easy and cost-effective solution to lighting problems in the earlier times.
What are the advantages of Arc Lamps?
The arc lamps were very good to light up the exteriors and provide 2000 -4000 candlepower while the power of an incandescent bulb is only 16 candlepower. The arc light was so powerful that it was used to light up the exteriors.
Arc light is said to be visible from 5 miles away and is known to be very powerful. Arc lights were powered by generators. When you put on a arc light you can see a spark running back and forth from pole to pole.
Arc Lamp for Indoor Use
Today there is a wide range of arc lamps that can be used for home interiors. The floor arc lamp has a slim profile which is made up of neutral bronze. The lamp has a linen shade which is off-white and blends well with the bronze stand.
The lamp is ideal for task lighting or for reading. The shade is in the form of a drum and the lamp is provided with a switch on the foot to easily put it on and off. The maximum height it can stand is 69”. The post in the centre is 64”. It can hold a bulb of 150W and the floor base is adjustable.
So, if you like to have arc lamps in your home you can choose the ones best suited for your space.