Benajmin Franklin and his son, William, experimenting with lightning. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images.
Today is the birthday of one of the most instrumental figures in the development of electricity--Benjamin Franklin. During Franklin's time in the 1700s, electricity was seen as a source of amusement rather than something that serves a practical purpose. Two of his most recognized achievements are his experiment with lightning and the invention of the lightning rod. Franklin, as well as others, observed that lightning and electricity had many similar properties, such as light emission and attraction to metal. He sought to prove that they were the same thing by using a kite to attract lightning. During a thunderstorm, he tied a key to a kite string and noticed that the fibers on the string stood up. Also, touching the key caused a spark. From these observations, he concluded that electricity was present in the air. Franklin used his findings to install a rod at the top of a house which absorbs lightning while the house remains unaffected. Also among his inventions are bifocal lenses, swim fins, and an instrument called the glass armonica.
The March on Washington. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images.http://www.bet.com/news/national/2013/08/23/the-an...It wasn't until 1965 that all Americans were able vote regardless of their background or their gender. Can you believe what a different society there was in this country just decades ago? We want to honor not only Martin Luther King Jr., but every person that stood up [...]
Lighting is an essential element in the setup of any industrial warehouse. The perfect fixture should blend with the environment and fit conveniently in its space. It should light a space clearly and be easy on the eyes even during long sessions of use. There are several factors to consider when looking for industrial lighting. The [...]
Here at Cocoweb, we're always looking to innovate with our products. These last few months, we've been working diligently and are excited to introduce to you all our new matte black finish for our barn lights! Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation that goes into setting up our new products!We teamed up with the [...]
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The Inner Workings of a PianoThe piano is a fine instrument that combines strings and hammers to make the musical melodies that we all enjoy. Despite this popularity, however, the piano was actually not the first keyboard-type instrument: the organ predates the piano by several hundred years. Originally named the pianoforte, the piano was set [...]
IncandescentAn incandescent light bulb works by heating a wire filament heated to a high temperature by passing an electric current through it, until the filament glows with visible light. This means that the bulb is primarily powered by heat, rather than actually creating light. In fact, as the bulb continues to operate, the filament slowly evaporates due [...]
Crazy for Color! Cocoweb Barn Lights and Benjamin Moore Color of the Year Mash Up!With each new year comes a fresh color. 2016 is the year of Simply White by Benjamin Moore. Pair it with layers of whites and diffused light, creating a subtle beauty and a calming ambiance. Simply White combined with striking contrasts and [...]
Why switch to LED?You’ve probably heard that LED is better, but why? Learn more about LED lights and the top 5 reasons you should switch to LED lighting.What is LED?A LED is a light-emitting diode, a semiconductor device that emits light when an electric current passes through it, converting electricity into light. When one or [...]