Dimming the light on human ingenuity

Artificial lighting and GDP per capita on the Korean peninsula















On the 26th March 1886 the House of Lords debated amendments to the recently enacted Electric Lighting Bill, with Lord Houghton proclaiming electric lighting had a “very brilliant future before it". Exactly 125 years later on 26th March 2011, the lights will go out on this optimistic vision of a better future.