Imagine life without light bulbs. What would it be like? Up until the late 1800s, homes didn’t have them. People used candles or lanterns to find their way in the dark.
To help improve people’s lives, inventors had been trying to make light bulbs for houses. But their early ideas didn’t work. Some bulbs didn’t last long enough. Others were too dim or bright.
In the 1870s, Thomas Edison announced that he would build the perfect light bulb. He was determined to succeed!
Challenges were nothing new to Edison. Around age 12, he started to lose hearing in both ears.
But Edison didn’t let that slow him down. As a kid, he had a lot of ideas. He also liked to take things apart to see how they worked. That led him to become an inventor.