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.