At Beaden Electrical we spend all our time thinking about electricity. So, it seems only appropriate that we dedicate this first blog post to the magic of the stuff…in a kind of ‘did you sort of know’ way.

Did you know…

  • Electric current is measured in amperes (more commonly known as amps).
  • Electric potential energy is measured in volts.
  • Electricity travels at the speed of light – that’s more than 186,000 miles per second!
  • Our hearts beat thanks to electricity. Muscle cells in the heart are contracted by electricity running through this organ.
  • Lightning is a discharge of electricity in the atmosphere. Lightning bolts can travel at around 130,000 miles per hour and reach nearly 30,000 degrees Celsius in temperature.
  • A bolt of lightning can measure up to 3 million volts.
  • Thomas Edison invented the electric light bulb.
  • Thomas Edison turned on the world’s first electricity power station in Manhattan, New York City on September 4th 1882 (at 3pm).
  • The first street in the world to be lit by electric light bulbs was Mosley Street in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1879.
  • The first four common domestic items to be powered by electricity were the sewing machine, fan, kettle and toaster.