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The History of Fluorescent Lights

By June 26, 2003

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Rey L. wrote in, "I was researching the inventor of the fluorescent lamp and I came across your article that states that Agapito Flores was the inventor of the fluorescent lamp. Another article states that Edmund Germer was the inventor of the vapor lamp and the fluorescent lamp. I would like to ask you who really invented the fluorescent lamp?"

Rey, the truth is that both men invented a fluorescent lamp, however, Edmund Germer was first and much more significant. And to make things even more complicated, a fluorescent lamp is a type of mercury vapor lamp and the history of mercury vapor lamps predates Germer. Read my History of Fluorescent Lights
October 9, 2006 at 2:18 pm
(1) sarah says:

Agapito Flores was the rel inventor of the fluorescent lamp but only he forgot to officialy claim it as his. When an idiot knew this he claimed it as his. And this is why some poeple say that he didin’t invent it even though it was really him.

October 14, 2006 at 12:19 pm
(2) OSCAR S ABEJO says:

In the Philippine list of Inventors, 2 names are familiar (1) Agapito Flores invented the Fluorescent lamp during the Commonweath Era when Phil was a territory of USA. Flores sold his right to GE but GE in Flores honor called the lamp Florescent lamp and later to Fluorescent Lamp. Another is Armando Lite. He invented the famous ARMALITE GUN which is AKA AK47.

November 29, 2006 at 4:49 am
(3) Jame says:

Ive already read your article on the invention of fluorescent lights.

In Germer’s part, Ive noticed that they were created in a duely process. These states that this was not yet known or had been used for such at that time.

Early 19th century when electricity was comformed useful due to gaining technology, but was these lamp invented in a cylinder shape and it connectedly assemble without wasting time?

I preferably believe that AGAPITO FLORES created the lamp…that is fluorescent…bear from his name

August 30, 2007 at 11:11 pm
(4) pissed off pinoy says:

the above comments are just as laughable as they are pathetic, filipinos displaying crass ignorance

February 2, 2009 at 9:02 pm
(5) pissed off jealousy says:

“laughable” then shame for u ^_~


March 9, 2009 at 3:07 am
(6) maymay says:

di b po ang gumawa ng flourescent lamp eh c Mr.agapito flores? eh bkit po walang impormation tungkol dun?

August 16, 2009 at 10:19 am
(7) Mauro U. Tongco II says:

I would like to correct comment number 2.
The AK-47 was not made by Armando Lite, the Armalite (the early version AR-15 which became the M16) is no way affliated to the Kalashnikov family of firearms.

AK-47 or Avtomat Kalashnikov model of 1947 was designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov, a Russian Tank commander.

January 7, 2010 at 7:15 pm
(8) Bushmaster says:

Si Eugene Stoner ang inventor ng Colt M-16/Armalite AR-15. Both Colt and Armalite are licensed manufacturer of the rifle which is both supplied to our armed forces na kapareho din nung supply as US at Allies nito. Nag manufacture din tayo dito nun under license ng ELISCO.

dito sa atin, yung tawag na Armalite sa M-16/AR-15 nga lang ang sumikat na tawag sa rifle na yun. Armando Lite is probably a figment of imagination. :)

May 15, 2010 at 2:11 am
(9) Mjestic says:

AK-47 or Avtomat Kalashnikova (Gun)
Mikhail Kalashnikov (Inventor)

July 12, 2010 at 1:09 am
(10) francheskaeryn says:

a lot of people from other countries doesn’t like Filipinos coz they’re all jealous of what we Filipinos are achieving I met lots of people from other countries the only thing they do is humiliate and discriminate my people so you people stop descriminating and humiliating my race coz we Filipinos are more better than you are you ain’t know how to spell but we filipinos are good at it but to be fair you can speak English but that doesn’t mean you’re inteligent than us Filipinos peace!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm
(11) Filipino Dude says:

i am a filipino and i am ashamed of my fellow countrymen’s comments here.

if it is on a website, it doesn’t mean it is a fact.

January 7, 2011 at 3:38 am
(12) observer says:

OK, this is what I’ve gathered from documentaries, military records, and written personal accounts. I hope this clears everything up. This is the true story of Armando Malite/Lite:

Once, the US had an enemy called Vietnam. The US soldiers were having difficulties fighting in the exhausting Vietnamese jungles. The weapons they fought with were either very heavy, lacked killing power, range or accuracy in full-auto fire. Luckily, someone named Eugene Stoner from Indiana, USA developed a new rifle to surpass its predecessors. But then, they needed someone to manufacture that rifle. One manufacturer named “Armalite” took care of that and everybody became content. The US Army continued to fight (unsuccessfully) in the jungles of the Pacific and used a nearby country as a forward base – the Philippines.

In the Philippines after some years, some Filipinos decided that life wasn’t fun and gratifying enough for their fellowmen. So like helping hands and joyful kids, they made up a prank about how the commonly-Filipino name “Armando” sounds so close with “Armalite”, claiming a Filipino named “Armando Malite/Lite” originally invented the M-16 (how “Malite/Lite” came to be as a Filipino name is still a mystery to all the human race). At once, the “Armando Malite” myth spread like wildfire. Thus, the war on who really invented the M-16 began. Luckily, this war only spread within the Philippines, as all other nations know Eugene Stoner really created the M-16.

>> I am a Filipino & I am proud of ourselves, including our resourcefulness with what little we have. But this is where we should draw the line. Armalite is the manufacturer we Filipinos are more familiar with and readily associate the M-16 with. That’s how this Armando Malite crap was created. Let’s stop believing in things we’re not sure of so we won’t embarrass ourselves.

Unless proof of the contrary is presented, I think Filipinos are better off believing that an American really invented the M-16.

February 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm
(13) Talaganaman ang Pinoy says:

Agapito Flores is NOT the inventor of fluorescent lamp

we Filipinos usually get sounds-like word and use it in some ridiculous things, even put it in history(it’s even in our books), it’s like this, FLORES-cent, so some imbecile thought “hey it sounds like the electrician Flores, Agapito, he’s probably the inventor”, and more say “ahh….. oo nga(that’s true)” and so the history began..

the word fluorescence was coined way back in 1850′s long before Agapito Flores’ cliam.

it’s like the word “salvage”, today most people would use this word to describe killings, example (si Badong nasalvage)

according to merriam-webster dictionary “salvage” it means “the act of saving”

so why was the word “salvage” used to describe killings? here’s the word that sounds like it “savage”

get the point?

i’m a Filipino, and proud to be one, i’m not against our Filipino inventors nor any Filipinos but i’m against misinformation, and probably lack of inquisitive minds and plain old stupidity.

most people would definitely disagree on my stand point and doesn’t want to be corrected
you have Filipino pride? i have it too, but put it to good use, that is, be a model of sound information

don’t take my word for it, research, if you’re going to use the internet as your source, make sure that it has citations, i prefer books in the national library. but again, one book is not enough check several.

July 5, 2011 at 10:51 pm
(14) NATE LACSON says:

to mister oscar abejo. are you freaking kidding me? armalite is a weapons corporation, not some stupid armando lite that doesn’t even exist.

and also, I’m a filipino. but I’m not actually proud of being one, ’cause my countrymen make it seem shameful.

February 8, 2012 at 3:10 am
(15) mga utot says:

parang mga kwentong pagalingan lang yan na laging pinoy ang panalo…

Paramihan ng Anak :
May contest ng paramihan ng anak sa isang malaking stadium na punong-puno ng manonood.. Pumasok ang contestant # 1 (Kano), kasama ang 30 na anak.. palapkpakan ang audience… tapos pumasok ang contestant #2 (Intsik), kasma ang 50 na anak.. palapkpakan ang audience… pumasok ang consteant #3 (Pinoy), walang kasama.. tinanong sya ng announcer kung nasaan ang mga anak nya.. itinaas nya ang mga kamay nya at sabay sabay na nagsigawan ang audience: DADDY! DADDY! DADDY!

May 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm
(16) tanaydo says:

mga utot ako ang naginbento ng flourescent light tanong ninyo sa nanay

February 20, 2013 at 9:46 am
(17) zeajing says:

@#15 nice one Lacson..
Sa mga nagsasabing hindi totoo ang gawa nila Agapito Flores at Armando Lite,.Mahiya kayo, napilitan lang silang ibinta ang kanilang gawa sa ibang bansa kasi hindi sila sinuportahan ng Gobyerno ng pilipinas.. Maraming imbebtor sa pilipinas ngunit di binibigyan ng pansin.. tulad nlang ni Daniel Dingel,nagimbento ng Hydrogen reactor na kayang patakbohin ang sasakyan gamit lang ang tubig embes na gasolina..

April 23, 2013 at 2:52 am
(18) Bogart says:

to zeajing:

hindi ka namin pwedeng patulan dahil nasira na ulo mo sa kapapantasya na yang mga pilipino nga na yan ang nag imbento non. pati tagalog mali-mali ang spelling..siguro nag sha-shabu ka ano kaya ganyan na kalakas ang amats mo?….”ibenta” hindi “ibinta” at “imbes” hindi “imbis”…….wag ka ng bumatak ng bato para tumino naman ang utak mo kahit konting-konti lang………peace

August 30, 2013 at 1:44 pm
(19) Wtf says:

Okay Yall Filipinos need to dial it down. Yall are full of yourselves its embarassing.

November 5, 2013 at 6:28 am
(20) kathleen says:

# 13 is right

January 30, 2014 at 12:46 pm
(21) Pinoy Tayo says:

Pinoy kayo dapat proud kayo na Pinoy kayo, di porket nasa ibang bansa na kayo sabihin nyo nakakahiya mga Pinoy at kinahihya nyo na Pinoy kayo? Noon nag painterview ba kayo paalis ng Bansa sinabi nyo ba na Pinoy ako pero kinahihiya ko ang Pagka pinoy ko?

Hinde di ba? Kaya kung sino man yang pinag tatalunan nyo na nag imbento ng kung ano ano sige lang pag sinabing Pinoy maki-oo ka nalang sa kapwa Pinoy mo para wala ng away! THINK POSITIVE kapatid! Meron pa ditong inaapi yung spelling ng tagalog ng kababayan nya… Kapatid sa Pinas may kanya kanya tayong accent BISAYA yun kapatid dapat alam mo na din yun kasi Pinoy ka! :) Peace!

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