An effective type of electric light was discovered for the first time in the United States in 1879. Specifically, this type of light bulb was created by the famous inventor Thomas Edison at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
Edison was not, however, the first person to come up with the idea of making light with electricity. The first known attempt at making light using electricity was made in England by the chemist Sir Humphry Davy. Davy did this in 1802, but neither he nor anyone else was able to find a good material to use for making the filaments in a light bulb until Edison made his breakthrough in 1879.