For centuries humanity has been awed, inspired, and fascinated by electricity. Scientists of all generations have been confounded by the idea that it does exist but not understanding exactly how. Not until pretty recently, anyways.
The first appearance in print of someone even using the word "electric" and "electricity" was in 1646. (This was in Thomas Browne's Pseudodoxia Epidemica.) These terms came from the Latin word electricus, coined earlier that century by the English scientist William Gilbert who had made a careful study of electricity and magnetism. But when was electricity widely used?
Even though in the next couple hundred years we see scientists beginning to understand electricity a little more, it wasn't until the late 1800s that the most progress and application took place. And that is where our modern history of electricity takes off.
Though scientists understood that electricity exists and even how to produce and harness it (thanks to Michael Faraday, 1831), they struggled for a while with finding a practical use for it.
Enter: Thomas Edison.
During the end of the 19th century lived many great minds working on electrical application. But, it is Mr. Edison that finally produced an electric light bulb in 1879 that was reliable and long-lasting.
First use of this new luxury was by means of generators installed into buildings and homes. For instance, when was electricity widely used in the White House? In 1891 electric lighting was installed in the White House itself, powered by means of two generators. Neither the President nor his wife felt safe touching the light switches, however, for fear of electrocution. They left that responsibility to the staff.
Soon afterwards, electrical stations in major cities began to spring up. This was great and all, but most of them were only able to power a few city blocks. So, in 1892, Thomas Edison's personal assistant and executive at the lighting company, Samuel Insull, left to make great things for himself and others. In so doing he was able to achieve something that changed the electric industry forever.
Insull started work at an electric generation and distribution company called Chicago Edison. In the next decades Insull created cost savings in large-scale operations. In so doing, the more customers he got, the cheaper it was to provide power, and the more customers he got. And on and on.
Using high voltage transmission lines, Insull brought electricity to the suburbs and then the countryside. Over time, Samuel Insull made it possible for everyone to have electricity, not just the rich and famous. He consolidated. He mass-produced. He networked power. He changed pricing for customers who used electricity differently. He brought electricity to rural areas. He was the master businessman of electricity.
Sadly, Insull's companies and wealth were lost in the Great Depression, along with so much else. As politics was always an issue from the beginning of electric power, now they took over pretty much completely. Federal intervention ensued and laws were enacted, both in the 30s and later in the troubled 70s. But, it wasn't the death of electrical use.
Today, we are a far cry from the start of harnessing electricity. We use it on a minute by minute basis. Not only do we use electricity in the powering of our homes - in lights, appliances, etc - but so much more. Our cars, planes, trains. Our phones, computers, gaming devices. Internet storage facilities, office buildings, grocery stores. Our lives are powered by electricity.
The electric industry continues to change and grow, despite constant politics. While making use of renewable resources, such as wind energy, the possibilities in electricity are far from over. In fact, the potential is nearly endless. There are things about it we still don't understand, things left to learn and use.
To quote Sir Humphry Davy: "Nothing is so fatal to the progress of the human mind as to suppose our views of science are ultimate; that there are no new mysteries in nature; that our triumphs are complete; and that there are no new worlds to conquer."
Recognizing electricity was observation. Curiosity sparked research. Imagination and the vision of potential worked together to drive men and women to the future.
So: Observe. Always remember. Keep dreaming. It is how you answered the question: When was electricity widely used?
And use Wire Works Co. for all your electrical needs. 😉
Wire Works Company Incorporated
102 S Tejon Street Suite 1100
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
Phone: (719) 492-6955
Wire Works Co Inc provides electrical wiring in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today – our specialized consultations can take your lighting installation, powering devices over ethernet & home automation to the next level. Our electricians are certified and hold all proper licensing & insurance
I used Wire Works to upgrade my electric panel in our house built in 1896 (from 100 to 200) and wire in a hot tub. Their quote was quite reasonable, their communication great, and their work was quality and efficient. They showed up on time and did great work in the time frame communicated. I would not hesitate to use Wire Works again at any point. Seriously, I got 5 bids and I do not choose an electrician based on quote alone (though theirs was competitive). I look at every facet, professionalism, communication, follow through, friendliness, helpfulness, ability to explain what should be done and why, etc. In addition, the permit inspector walked away disappointed because of the quality of work Wire Works had completed. Nothing to report, permit granted! They stand by their work.
Great experience beginning to end. Reasonable quote less than others. Completed variety of projects in short time. Very professional and highly skilled. Very comfortable with the team in my home. Everything works. Even added a couple of last minute enhancements. Highly recommend. This is the kind of electrician to hire if you find one and now you have! Came recommended to me from a friend and I am delighted.
Lanny was awesome. I got a quote for a job from Wirenut for some electrical work, and Lanny came in at a third of the price. He knows what he’s doing and was great. Definitely keeping him on our list.
Professional service paired with quality workmanship for a reasonable price. We highly recommend Lanny for any electrical needs that you may have. Wire Works installed a whole house surge protector, a 5 speaker surround system and a number of outdoor lights along with an outdoor television. Great work! Got exactly what we needed without the oversell pitch.
I hired Wire Works Co Inc. to upgrade the 100 amp service panel in my garage to 200 amps. They had to replace the meter box on the outside as part of the job. I also asked for a 240v outlet in the garage and a dedicated circuit run to the over the range microwave in the kitchen. Their price was spot on fair and the work was done on time, as agreed and professional all the way. I was glad to give Wire Works Co Inc. my money. I got every penny I paid for! Thanks Lanny and Corbin!
Lanny came highly recommended for the work that he does and he did not disappoint! I can honestly say that he is in the Top 1% of contractors I have ever dealt with. Very friendly, courteous, knowledgeable, and laid back. He and his son helped me with mounting my TV and even fixed another completely separate electrical issue I had. I was extremely satisfied with their work and their overall helpfulness in completing my project. He was very prompt in returning my correspondence and was spot on in the estimate he gave me. If I ever have electrical issues in the future you can guarantee I'll be turning to him. Thanks again Lanny! The setup looks great and everything works perfectly!!!
Lanny and Team (son Corey) did a fantastic job for us! On time and on budget . . . who could ask for more? If you want the job done right the first time, don't hesitate to contact Lanny . . . job well done!!
Lanny was great easy to work with and very knowledgable. With the new electrical panel and having our electrical now up to code I feel secure and have a beautiful bright new kitchen!
Lanny is excellent
Lannie was by far the most affordable. He was quick and did a great job. Id recommend him to anybody in springs! Thank you for helping my client and my dad's client!
Moved a few outlets for us after we cut down a pony wall and added an outlet in the garage. Very knowledgeable, polite and much more reasonable than the other quotes we received. Will definitely use again for any electrical work.
Lanny was very pleasant and knowledgeable when working on our electric. He was thorough and explained what he was doing and why. Would recommend this company to anyone wanting their work done correctly, professionally, and in a timely manner. Thanks for the hard work Lanny!
I had trouble with outdoor lighting around my property. As a woman I am not comfortable with wiring/electrical/lighting issues. Lanny came over, assessed, explained, and had all my lighting working again before he departed. He was very trustworthy and even took an extra step to fix a light that was out in my laundry room. I highly recommend him.
It's not enough in this world anymore for corporations to just be decent people and not take every penny from customers these days. Seriously, Lanny has done an amazingly thorough job putting on a new electrical panel for our recently purchased older home. He was easy to understand and easier than most home service providers to get a hold of. Scheduling was easy and pretty fast. Not just this, but his integrity in not charging us an arm and a leg for this service was a serious break that we needed. His quote was much more reasonable than the 5 other companies that I called (and waited for their quote) to do the same job! I will be using him in the future for all of our electrical needs (which are a lot in an older home). I would recommend him to anyone and you should at least call him to get a quote! You owe it to yourself to get quality work for a reasonable price, this is your company.
Lanny installed 11 security cameras in our office building as well as installed a photo-cell light fixture on the building's exterior. Lanny came out to look at the building and gave us some great suggestions in terms of areas that were vulnerable; which my current security camera system did not cover. His customer service was amazing; Lanny was very responsive and patient with the many questions I had before moving forward with the installation. The expertise, professionalism and knowledge that Lanny has significantly stood out compared to the several other professional installers we contacted for a bid. He completed the job in about a day and half, which exceed our expectations. I highly recommend Lanny / Wire Works Co. for any of the services he provides and will certainly be using him in the future for any other services I need. Thanks again Lanny! - mg
Lanny did a great job! When 2 other vendors said it couldn't be done, Lanny proved them wrong - he exceeded our expectations.The process was great. On our first meet, Lanny toured our property and heard our requests. He followed up with a proposal that met all of them plus. The actual work he did was phenomenal - nothing but raves from family and friends who have looked and listened to our system.
Outstanding, quality service from Lanny. Instantly understood what was needed for network cabling, installation was quick with zero complications. Lanny is a friendly, courteous professional, and I recommend him and Wire Works Co to everyone.
We picked this company because of all the great reviews. He was kind enough to look at several issues we were having at our new home. Prompt, respectful. Felt completely comfortable having him in our home. Initially came to set up our sound system, but plan on using him to install our lights and ceiling fans.
Lanny did an amazing job and had zero problem diving into mounting TVs on our rock fireplaces, a job we had multiple people deny. He's the only electrician we will use from now on.
Very reliable, and easy to work with. Great work on all my projects. The only electrician i will ever use!
After calling around, We decided to go with Lanny and the team at wire works for our whole-house remodel. Wire Works was able to skillfully accomplish not only the initial scope of work (New electrical throughout, distributed audio/video/internet) but also the hurdles we encountered as we got deeper in to the project. I especially appreciated that I felt like I could trust Lanny, and that when I asked him a question he gave me a straight-forward, unbiased answer. We would definitely use Wire Works again.
Lanny is a real pro, very friendly and very good at what he does. It's been a year since he basically re-wired our home and brought it into the 21st century and we still love it. I would absolutely recommend him for your next electrical job.
"WIRE WORKS" (Lanny) is "Super Fast" and does super "Quality" work !!!!We now live in another area and wish Wire Works was here !!!!!
Lanny with wire works has worked for us for about 8 years, he completely wire our whole house on the Old North end of Colorado Springs. It's a 106 year old house, did a wonderful job. Over the years he has done several job, very dependable, timely, and clean up his mess.
Well, planned. Quick, clean, professional. Will definitely continue to use.
This is the second time we have had Lanny out to the house. He has now put in a total of 21 canister lights for us. He is very prompt, efficient and professional. I wish all contractors were as good as Wire Works. I will definitely recommend Lanny to my friends and will call on him again should the need arise. Great work Lanny, thank you.
Needed an electrician for a transfer switch installation and contacted Lanny. Gave me a good estimate and a quick appointment. He was prompt, professional, courteous, and great to work with. He reviewed what I had planned and provided advice that resulted in a better solution. Lanny is a person who exudes trustworthiness. I will hire him for any future electrical work I may need, and highly recommend him.
Lany was the best I've had the pleasure of dealing with. Extremely helpful, polite, and knowledgable. Wire Works will be the only electrician service I will be using from now on. I look forward to our future projects knowing they are a business I can count on and trust.
What a great company! We purchased a new home and on move-in day, we noticed we were without a phone jack. While we use cellphones for telecommunication, both of us depend on internet for work as well as entertainment (streaming television). I immediately started researching for someone to come install a phone jack. Wire Works responded promptly to my inquiry, communicated with me through the weekend and came and installed the jack first thing Monday morning. Great customer service, friendly and informative. We highly recommend them for work that you need done, we will be using them again.
We have used 3 other electricians in town. Wire works is by far the best, most professional and gets the job done right the first time. Other companies have treated our electrical problems by fixing the symptoms, costing us money over and over. Wire works gets to the actual problem and fixes it right the first time.he always saves us money in the long run.
Just purchased a home and wanted to upgrade the theater, put a new TV over the fireplace, and optimize the structured wiring for internet access. Hired Lanny after researching CoS options, and we're really glad we did. The results were outstanding. He listens to the customer, makes realistic suggestions, and insures the quality of his work to include returning when some post installation issues arose.
Lanny did an excellent job wiring our re-build in Black Forest for whole house video and a home theater. He know pros and cons of the many equipment choices, and picked an affordable solution for us. Work was done on schedule, and with a very professional looking result. A year and a half later he continues to support us by answering our questions and trouble shooting the few issues we have had with the system.
Lanny did a great job and even found I had provided a bad cable to use. I would recommend Wire Works to anyone needing some in house wiring
Lanny was excellent. I had 5 outlets and a light switch out in a home my wife and I just purchased. We feared the worst but Lanny diagnosed and fixed the problem in about an hour. He wasted no time getting to work and was communicative and professional throughout. He also brought his young son, who in addition to being a great kid, did some of the diagnostic work himself, speeding up the process and saving me money.I would recommend Wire Works without reservation.
Wire Works responded immediately to our electrical issue and came out the same day. I really appreciate them fixing our issue and they were very reasonably priced. Thank you Wire Works!
My wife loves to watch movies and, therefore, I decided to surprise her with a nice home theater. My son asked me to contact Wire Works and I was so impressed with their quickness and quality of work. Home theater installation was done in less than a day and without making unsightly holes in the walls. She loved the surprise, thank you Wire Works
We just LOVE Lanny! I wish every contractor that we deal with was so, tidy, efficient, and responsive. We have done several lighting improvement projects at Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital and they have exceeded our desires and expectations. If you are in need of a GOOD electrician - go with Lanny - you won't be disappointed!
My experience with Lanny at Wire Works is more than positive. I don't shop around for electricians anymore. I go straight to Wire Works. Lanny is proficient, clean, trustworthy, and his manners are outstanding. If you are looking for an electrician and don't use Lanny you are setting yourself up for disappointment.
Wire Works Co is great to work with no matter how big or small the job! I am a commercial property manager in Colorado Springs and Lanny has handled all of the electrical needs for our shopping center for years. Recently Lanny has also did electrical work for me at home and he was fantastic. I highly recommend them!
About a year ago I did research on electricians who specialize in home lighting. I found myself returning several times to Wire Works website. I finally called Lanny to come out and talk with us about remodeling our ceiling lights in the lower level. I found him easy to talk with, open to listening to our ideas, and offering creative solutions to meet our needs. Lanny finished the project on time and for less than he estimated. Beyond his professionalism and expertise as a Master Electrician, Lanny also treated our house as he would his own. He cleaned up the area each day before he left. I am glad we chose Wire Works and we look forward to more projects with Lanny in the future.
Wire Works--Lanny Woods as it is personified--does professional, reliable and timely work which he guarantees and backs up with personal commitment. Mr. Woods serves his clients not only with scheduled, "planned" work and service, but aids his clients in emergency cases when immediate action is required. I cannot imagine higher quality work or service, or for that matter, better satisfaction with regards to that work and service.
I investigated various electricians to perform extensive work at our commercially owned business and our residence. After receiving numerous estimates and speaking with many electricians however no one came close to Lanny's professionalism, knowledge and recommendations. He completed the work very quickly, on time and within budget and his estimate. His work is outstanding and he even found and corrected a number of problems our previous electrician made. We will not be using anyone else for our home nor business.
"I was hesitant to hire a contractor, because of my past experience with them. However, Lanny came highly recommended with good references. I was very pleased at his professionalism and honesty! I trusted him and wasn't afraid to even leave him alone in my house while he was completing the work. That's peace of mind!!"
Lanny, was professional in every way! He returned my call right away, and was prompt about providing an estimate, he scheduled the work as soon as I approved it, and completed it in a timely manner!Thanks Wire Works!!
This company is very Trustworthy, Knowledgeable, Detail oriented. Have used them for many projects, from lighting, sound, and technical support. The work is done in a quick and efficient manner. Nice to be able to trust someone these days! Thanks Good work.