These days we rely so heavily on electricity that it’s only when we experience a power outage that we realise just how dependent on it we are. With this in mind, we thought that it would be a good idea to give you some trivial but fun facts about electricity that you might not know.
Fastest thing on the planet
You probably know that electricity (or light in this case) is quick, but do you know just how quick? According to experts electricity travels at around 186,000 miles per second. If you put this into perspective that’s about 7 times round the globe every second.
Lighting up the world
Contrary to popular belief Thomas Edison didn’t actually invent the light bulb. In fact many types of bulb had been in existence for over 50 years previously. However in 1879 he did invent the incandescent light bulb using a filament of carbonised thread. After much testing it was found that Edison’s light bulb could burn for over 13 hours and was much safer than any other form of bulb in existence at the time. Consequently it started to be installed into homes. However it wasn’t until the late 1920’s that electrical light bulbs became both affordable and commonplace in residences throughout the world.
The war of the currents
You’ve probably heard of AC/DC right? I don’t mean the Australian hard rock group that have been entertaining audiences since 1973. Instead I’m talking about alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC). The difference between the two is the way the electrons flow. As the name suggests direct current only flows in one direction and in alternating current the electrons switch directions flowing both backwards and forwards. Back in the 1880’s one of the people who helped invent D/C current, Thomas Edison, and the inventor of A/C current, Nikola Tesla, both wanted their systems to be adopted as the main electrical system of the time. Eventually after much discussion, the A/C system won out as it was thought to be safer and could be used successfully over longer distances.
Shocking but true
Electric eels produce around 500 volts (plenty enough to kill a human) but only ever use it when hunting prey (generally small fish) and for self defence. The slippery critter produces electricity by cleverly synchronising electricity-producing cells stored within the body.
Lighting up the sky
When electricity discharges in the sky it forms lightening. Bolts can reach speeds of up to 130,000 mph and the temperature at the core can reach a sizzling 30,000 °C.
At Static Electrics, aside from being full of useless but interesting facts we also provide a full range of electrical repair, installation, and renovation services to homes and businesses across the Sunshine Coast. So if you’ve got an electrical fault, or would like to install some new lighting then call in the experts on 07 5445 8305 today and talk to our experienced and friendly team. We look forward to hearing from you.