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Electric Light Collection

Initiated in 1968, the electric light collection of the Canada Science and Technology Museum includes arc lamps, incandescent lamps, mercury and sodium vapour lamps, fluorescent lamps, and the related parts for maintenance. For the most part a gift of Ontario Hydro, this collection is particularly significant in terms of the major technical applications and innovations that have affected Canada's public lighting system since 1880.

This collection brings together lamp holders and light standards that reflect the aesthetic trends of this period, among them the "City Beautiful" movement, Art Deco and modernism.

Please note that the numbers in brackets are the accession numbers of artifacts held by the Museum.