Big city lights... in Berlin Spandau (Germany)...
*Timeline of lighting technology:*
# Since the dawn of man, about 200,000 years ago, people use the sun as their main source of light.
# 70,000 BCE A hollow rock or shell or other natural found objects was filled with moss or a similar material that was soaked in animal fat and then ignited
# circa 4500 BCE oil lamps
# circa 3000 BCE candles are invented.
# circa 900 CE Muhammad ibn Zakarīya Rāzi (Rhazes) invents kerosene lamp
# circa 1000 The first street lamps appear in Cordoba, Al-Andalus
# 1780 Aimé Argand invents central draught fixed oil lamp
# 1784 Argand adds glass chimney to central draught lamp
# 1792 William Murdoch begins experimenting with gas lighting and probably produced the first gas light in this year.
# 1800 French watchmaker Bernard Guillaume Carcel overcomes the disadvantages of the Argand-type lamps with his clockwork fed Carcel lamp.
# 1802 William Murdoch illuminated the exterior of the Soho Foundry with gas.
# 1805 Phillips and Lee's Cotton Mill, Manchester was the first industrial factory to be fully lit by gas.
# 1813 National Heat and Light Company formed by Fredrich Winzer (Winsor).
# c. 1802 Humphry Davy demonstrates arc-lighting in free air.
# 1815 Humphry Davy invents the miner's safety lamp.
# 1835 James Bowman Lindsay demonstrates a light bulb based electric lighting system to the citizens of Dundee.
# 1840 modern kerosene lamps (oil lamps that burn fuel from petroleum)
# 1841 Arc-lighting used as experimental public lighting in Paris
# 1853 Ignacy Lukasiewicz invents petrol lamp
# 1854 Heinrich Göbel invents the first incandescent lamp by passing an electric current through a carbonized bamboo filament that was placed inside of a glass bulb
# 1856 glassblower Heinrich Geissler confines the electric arc in a tube.
# 1867 A. E. Becquerel demonstrates the first fluorescent lamp
# 1875 Henry Woodward patents the electric light bulb.
# 1876 Pavel Yablochkov invents the Yablochkov candle, the first practical carbon arc lamp, for public street lighting in Paris.
# 1879 Thomas Edison and Joseph Wilson Swan patent the carbon-thread incandescent lamp.
# 1880 Edison produced a 16 watt lightbulb that lasts 1500 hours.
# c. 1889 Incandescent gas mantle invented, revolutionises gas lighting.
# 1893 Nikola Tesla uses cordless low pressure gas discharge lamps, powered by a high frequency electric field, to light his laboratory. He displays fluorescent lamps and neon lamps at the World Columbian Exposition.
# 1894 D. McFarlane Moore creates the Moore tube, precursor of electric gas-discharge lamps.
# 1897 Walther Nernst invents and patents his incandescent lamp, based on solid state electrolytes.
# 1901 Peter Cooper Hewitt demonstrates the mercury-vapor lamp.
# *1911 Georges Claude develops the neon lamp.*
# 1925 The first internal frosted lightbulbs were produced.
# 1926 Edmund Germer patents the fluorescent lamp.
# 1962 Nick Holonyak Jr. develops the first practical visible-spectrum light-emitting diode
# 1986 The "White" SON Sodium vapor lamp is introduced.
# 1991 Philips invents a fluorescent lightbulb that lasts 60,000 hours. The bulb uses magnetic induction.
# 1994 First commercial sulfur lamp.