Thomas Edison made the first light bulb that would later be used by the general population. In 1880 he strung light bulbs along the outside of his invention factory during the Christmas season. But the first known person to put electric lights on a Christmas tree was his partner and good friend, Edward H. Johnson.
Before electric Christmas lights, families would use candles to light up their Christmas trees. This practice was often dangerous and led to many home fires. Edward H. Johnson put the very first string of electric Christmas tree lights together in 1882. Johnson, Edison’s friend and partner in the Edison’s Illumination Company, hand-wired 80 red, white and blue light bulbs and wound them around his Christmas tree. Not only was the tree illuminated with electricity, it also revolved.Click here to read the rest of the article.
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