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The history of the world is the history of the wall-light. Sort of. What we can say is that the simple act of a sticking a light to a wall is a technique as old as the human mastery of light itself. In fact, prehistoric wall-lights came some way before the kind of lighting we more associate with the past: Scrooge's candles and Indiana Jones' torches came long after the humble wall-light did. This makes sense, it's hard to be completely productive if you have to carry about a lump of burning wax everywhere you go.
Most scholars think that the cave painters at Lascaux, a good 17,000 years ago, would have worked to a cave system lit by wall-lights - either stone sconces or ibex horns filled with oil. By the Victorian times certain kinds of gas-lamps became inexpensive enough for regular use and to effectively extend the productive day beyond sundown. This massive expansion of lighting was itself soon superseded (initially among the very wealthy) by that greatest of inventions: Edison's light-bulb.
Fast forward about 150 years and where are we now? Well, this is the first blog, featured in the first email newsletter of a company based out of a barn in the Kentish countryside that is trying to transform the way we light our homes, businesses and workplaces. And all by doing, essentially, what those creative geniuses hanging about in caves were doing 17,000 years ago - mounting lights against a wall. History has a funny way of repeating itself.
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