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What is the earliest times that you could produce an arc lamp?

Accelerator

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Surprisingly simple. Two carbon electrodes, and one battery. The question is this. When is the earliest time it could have been invented, or created? I'm not talking about historical plausibility. I'm talking about technology to purify the carbon and set up the battery.
 

Lord Kragan

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I guess the chinese could have invented it during the xvii-early xviii century? Qing china had plenty of technological things that would almost match the industrial revolution's.
 

Accelerator

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I guess the chinese could have invented it during the xvii-early xviii century? Qing china had plenty of technological things that would almost match the industrial revolution's.
I've just been on reddit. You get carbon rods from graphite. You get wires from copper (I'm sure you can make them). Now the question is this. Can you make a battery?
 

V4Guss

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I've just been on reddit. You get carbon rods from graphite. You get wires from copper (I'm sure you can make them). Now the question is this. Can you make a battery?
Primitive batteries existed as early as the late 1700s. The common lead-acid battery (which was the first type of battery that could be recharged by running a reverse current through it) we use today was invented in 1859 by Gaston Plante.

The oldest electrical generator used for industrial applications has existed since 1844.

I would say probably the mid to late 1800s.

EDIT: To clarify I'm talking about when it would actually be practical to make arc lamps available for common use. I'm aware the first arc lamp was invented in the early 1800s.
 
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