About GE Lighting
We’ve introduced a new light age of lighting. Because just like the difference between telephones and smartphones, we’re asking light to do more for you—helping you easily create perfectly lit spaces and smart environments to live, work, and play. The future of lighting is here.
130 years of innovation
- 1879 – Edison invents the first commercial incandescent lamp made of Carbon Filament.
- 1880 – Edison completes the world’s first installation of incandescent lights on the S.S. Columbia steamship.
- 1890 – Edison General Electric Company is formed.
- 1892 – Machine-molded incandescent bulbs replace hand-blown bulbs.
- 1909 – William D. Coolidge develops the ductile tungsten filament, still used today.
- 1911 – GE’s existing lighting business absorbs National Electric Lamp Association (NELA).
- 1929 – GE installs the first major application of electronic lighting controls at the Chicago Civic Opera.
- 1935 – The first major league night baseball game is played at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, OH under GE Lighting Novalux lamps.
- 1938 – GE invents the fluorescent lamp, the first to provide white light.
1941 – 1960
- 1945 – The circline fluorescent lamp is placed on the market for portable lamps and ceiling fixtures.
- 1959 – GE invents the halogen lamp—an industry standard for work lights, as well as film and TV due to its compact size and high lumen output.
- 1962 – GE engineer, Nick Holonyak creates the first visible LED—which set off a research boom and gave us today’s new universal standard of lighting.
- 1974 – GE introduces the first energy-saving fluorescent bulb.
- 1979 – Niagara Falls is illuminated for the first time on July 4th, using 16 Brush arc lamps.
- 1981 – GE Lighting produces 3-foot long fused quartz ingots that can be drawn into fiber optic strands 25 miles in length—marking the start of the fiber optics revolution in communications.
- 1986 – GE Lighting provides the products and funding to relight the Statue of Liberty.
- 2001 – GE Lighting introduces the GE Reveal® line of bulbs which filter out dull yellow rays found in ordinary bulbs.
- 2007 – GE Lumination introduces its exclusive VIO high-power white LED—a significant milestone towards our new standard bulb.
- 2008 – GE introduces LED General Lighting for Lamps & Outdoor systems.
- 2010 – GE introduces Energy Smart LED bulbs—engineered to replace incandescent bulbs. They require 77% less energy and last more than 22 years.
- 2012 – GE acquires ALBEO, strengthening GE’s LED offering.
- 2015 – GE launches TriGain™ technology which brings unmatched color to LED displays.
- 2015 – GE announces Current, an internal start-up that combines lighting, digital, solar, and energy management technologies.
- 2015 – GE launches C by GE, our line of smart lighting products.
- 2016 – GE announces first Amazon Alexa embedded table lamp.
- 2017 – GE Launches High Definition LED Lighting.
Thomas Edison & GE
Thomas Edison is heralded for his genius as an inventor. Less known is his brilliance as a business pioneer. By aligning multiple businesses to bring innovation to the marketplace, he laid the path for today’s GE.
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It began in 1879 when Edison invented the carbon filament lamp. The General Electric Company was formed by merging the Edison Electric Company and the Thomson Houston Company on April 15, 1892.