Which was a better invention ? The telephone or the light bulb ?Which was a better invention ? The telephone or the light bulb ?

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I believe the telephone is the better invention.

In a crunch, when you need illumination, you can always light a match, a candle, a fire.

If I need to get a hold of someone in an emergency, or otherwise, and they're in another city or country, hollering after them will only get me so far.

I've debated with myself for a while now and find I have to agree with portd. There are viable substitutes for electric light (and without harmful electromagnetic emanations ...), but there are no substitutes for instant across-distance communication like the telephone (Internet wasn't one of the options).

Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would definitely concur with Post #3, the light bulb has become such an integral part of daily life.  The telephone definitely has had a huge impact as well, but just based consumer data alone--the sheer number of light bulbs sold and used since its creation is staggering to consider.   Modern city life would cease to exist without the light bulb.  Just consider all the safety benefits that come with artificial illumination--protective lighting on the city streets, at airports; we wouldn't be able to drive our cars at night.  If I had to choose between having light bulbs or using my phone, I would definitely choose the light bulbs.

sanjeetmanna eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It difficult to say 

Which was a better invention ? The telephone or the light bulb ?

Both are different things and got there own preference and priority. Telephone helped us in distance communication and light bulb brought light in our life and both the inventions made our life easy and simple.

So i will say that both are very good inventions. Thanks to Humphry Davy (Invented the first light bulb), Thomas Alva Edison (to improve the light bulb invention), Alexander Graham Bell (Invented Telephone ).

thanatassa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Of course, people read at night using oil lamps in ancient Rome (there was even a Latin verb, lucubrare meaning to read by artificial light). And gas lamps were used in Victorian England.

Some of the above posters seem to think that people lived in complete darkness at night until Thomas Edison. That has not been true since humans discovered how to control fire. Lamps, candles, etc. were common in many an cient civilizations.

 

 

 

 

sanjeetmanna eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Every invention has got its own importance, telephone is used for communication and light bulb is used for light...

Since both has different Aspects so it will not make much sense if we compare these two...

Both the invention has brought a great quality in our life. Both the inventions were invented with great efforts we it wont be a good point to judge which one is a better invention among the two.

I will say both has got equal value of importance

rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The electric light completely revolutionized our lives. It broke down the barrier which previously existed between night and day. It made life safer (arguably) industry more productive, and led to massive changes in the way cities were laid out. There is an excellent book about night in a pre-electric age entitled At Day's Close by A. Roger Ekirch. I would suggest it to anyone who is interested in seeing just how different the night before electric light really was. 

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm agreeing with previous posts. First of all, it is impossible to rate one invention as being "better" than the other because they are completely different items, used for different functions, and there is no realistic way of comparing them.

With those reservations stated, however, I agree that the invention of the light bulb has made a more far-reaching impact upon the lifestyle of the human race.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While the previous post makes a good point, I'll still go with the light bulb.  I would say that the light bulb added more to people's quality of life than the telephone did.  If nothing else, the lightbulb helped to greatly reduce the risk of fires.  The telephone has saved lives too, through things like 911, but the light bulb probably saved more lives and added to people's ability to enjoy their lives.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'd give my vote to the light bulb. Extending the work day, allowing construction of elaborate and extensive tunnels for railways and roadways...the light bulb has changed the landscape of our world in numerous ways. 

The telephone is important also to the technological history that has brought us to where we are today, but my vote goes to the illuminated one.

bandmanjoe eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have to agree with the majority of the posts, the light bulb.  The necessity to see what you are doing definitely takes precedence over talking to someone a distance away from you, it is of a more personal nature.  Cell phones are even used as emergency "flashlights" because they illuminate with their screens so much, so I have to go with the light bulb.

Michael Ugulini eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I believe the telephone is the better invention.

In a crunch, when you need illumination, you can always light a match, a candle, a fire.

If I need to get a hold of someone in an emergency, or otherwise, and they're in another city or country, hollering after them will only get me so far.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Gotta go with the light bulb as well, though both are certainly two of the 19th century's greatest inventions, becoming essential modern necessities for every home and business. The light bulb also probably saved the eyesight of many workers forced to work indoors by candlelight or lantern.

trophyhunter1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Light bulb--I hate telephones and would rather email anyway. Light bulbs make life so much easier in the evenings and give us the ability to do so much more than if we didn't have them. Whenever there is a blackout, people go nuts trying to find flashlights and candles. I rest my case.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I, too, have to go with the light bulb. I hate where phone technology has moved (and the utter dependency upon them). I know, that as a parent, I would face less "attitude" in telling my children that I am taking away their lights over their phones.

thanatassa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The problem with the question is that things cannot be consider "better" in some absolute sense, but only better with respect to specific criteria or purposes.

 

astrosonuthird | Student

Telephone is more complicated than a light bulb.

astrosonuthird | Student

But fire can also give light and a pencil can also.

kavya--kammana | Student

light bulb.....it was a great leap from the darkness to the bright world

without telephone also we can live...we can go for emails or something like that.

astrosonuthird | Student

It is obviously telephone. because we don't get telephone in nature!!!

 

light we get!

aishwaryanudupa | Student

light bub

astrosonuthird | Student

I think its telephone.

 

Light bulb gives as light but we can get light from fire also. So, what is the big deal. 

 

Telephone is a telephone which we don't get in nature so it is veery usefull.

ahanachakraborty | Student

Both are indispensable, but as asked which one is a better invention, i would say a light bulb, its hard to find a cheaper alternative to it, unless we use some kerosene lamps which gives out a typical odour. On the other hand, we can keep in touch with anyone and everyone via email, nowadays people talk less over phone if they have access to internet.

shuhaib | Student

yea though lightbulbs make life easier, there also the sun. But the phone is more useful which you need for immediate contact in case of emergency.

so you might not need a light for life threatening occurences but you would need a phone

it also matters in whattime it is, like if its in the early 1900 or now adays

shuhaib | Student

yea though lightbulbs make life easier, there also the sun. But the phone is more useful which you need for immediate contact in case of emergency.

so you might not need a light for life threatening occurences but you would need a phone

shuhaib | Student
Which was a better invention ? The telephone or the light bulb ?

Which was a better invention ? The telephone or the light bulb ?

well it matters in what way you say it, because you need both of them for certain things. Light can be usefull not to have any accidents; like falling down... which could lead to dangerous injuries, and telephones are useful for emergencies like your hurt, or a robbery and things like that

bs14 | Student

I think the lightbulb because it helps you to see.  It also can be used for a long time.  it is also replacable and cheap.  Also, the telephone just lets you call people. I would go with the lightbulb.

astrosonuthird | Student

they both are very useful.

 

 

angel-girl | Student

Light bulb!

najm1947 | Student

Light is the core word to me. It helps us to know the reality. Without light, we plunge in to darkness and ignorance. So any thing that leads us to know and know more is something of great value.

Though telephone also helps us to get information but isn't it hearsay?

Seeing is believing and my vote goes for the Light Bulb.

astrosonuthird | Student

you are right courage the cowardly dog.

eriqah | Student

I'm no teacher but as far as common sense ... i think they both are really great inventions and shouldn't be given a chance for comparison. Having them both have given humans a greater ease in life. This is my opinion on the subject.

astrosonuthird | Student

Hello Boy! Tony.

 

you are absolutely right.

adi12 | Student

From my point of view I would say both are very productive and useful to this world. Both of this objects have evolved over time!

tonyb42 | Student

Don't take my word for it but i would say the light bulb for these reasons;

  • What do you use more in the day, light bulb or a phone?
  • The light bulb is the source of light for a cell phone (the backlight)
  • Plus as said in other post there is less risk of fire because you are not using an open flame
astrosonuthird | Student

both of them are very important but I think light bulb is more.

 

astrosonu | Student

You are right absulutely. In reply to #19

astrosonu | Student

Ho Ho! In return to #18 if there is no bulb how will you see the telephone.

 

astrosonu | Student

Hello! Hmm... OK! I will vote both because if there was no light bulb, we would not see anything and if there was no telephone we could not phone to nobody.

 

So, friends now say whome are U supporting Grahambell or Edison.

shehzaadi | Student

Whitout any doubt light bulb

nalinidwivedi | Student
Which was a better invention ? The telephone or the light bulb ?

Which was a better invention ? The telephone or the light bulb ?

I think the light bulb was a better invention.

salimj | Student

I think it is bulb. Because it is more essential than telephone.

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