Incandescent lamp

Definition of Incandescent lamp

(Elec.) a kind of lamp in which the light is produced by a thin filament of conducting material, now usually tungsten, but originally carbon, contained in a vacuum or an atmosphere of inert gas within a glass bulb, and heated to incandescence by an electric current. It was inventerd by Thomas Edison, and was once called the Edison lamp; - called also incandescence lamp, and glowlamp. This is one of the two most common sources of electric light, the other being the fluorescent light, fluorescent lamp or fluorescent bulb.

See also: Incandescent

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bulb, electric lamp, electric light, electric-light bulb, filament, light bulb, lightbulb
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