The Magic Of Electricity

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.