Is there some more primitive material that could replace tungsten in the light bulb?

Taking the tungsten out and replacing it with something more primitive, ideally found in wild.

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  • 9 months ago

    Yes, but not with the efficiency of tungsten. Tungsten has the highest melting point of any non alloy metal.

    There are more efficient materials than tungsten, but they are not primitive.

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  • 9 months ago

    I don't think there is one yet.

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  • 9 months ago

    Why would you want to replace success? Tungsten seems to be the best overall material for the job. Do you have a problem with tungsten or are you just fishing?

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  • M.
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Read about Thomas Alva Edison and his many experiments with materials for his light bulb.

    Tungsten was the best (filament).

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    • M.
      Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      Tungsten has been the best filament. But nowadays, incandescent is fading out.

      I didn't mean that Edison created a tungsten filament light bulb.

      Sometimes I don't answer clearly and it causes a problem. So I have added the space and the word to hopefully make it clearer. Thanks for your Comment.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Carbon and lime arcs were used, prior to Edison. Edison simply patented electric light Bulb., Not the Electric Light.

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  • 9 months ago

    CARBON FILAMENT WAS THE FIRST MADE LIGHT BULB USED AND EASY TO FIND IN NATURE.

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  • Bill
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    In Thomas Edison's early experiments he used carbon, but everyone has used tungsten for a long time because it resists heat and lasts longer than other materials.

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Well, the first bulbs used a carbon filament, such as carbonised paper or bamboo, but they're highly inefficient, and could still only operate without combustion in a vacuum or inert gas. A light bulb isnt really something you can produce in the wild, or with primative technology.

    • P & W9 months agoReport

      A Sprengel pump can be made fairly easily. Glass was blown for centuries in crude fires.

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  • paul h
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Early light bulbs by Edison used carbon fiber (basically cotton string that was charred) for the filament but were replaced over time with tungsten that could hold up better to high temps and last longer. You can use the lead/graphite center in a plain pencil and car battery or other power source to create a working light.

    https://www.nostalgicbulbs.com/blogs/vintage-bulbs...

    https://sciencing.com/elements-light-bulbs-7615670...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOrebc3hocA

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  • 9 months ago

    Take the whole bulb out of the socket and replace it with an LED bulb found in the wilds of your local big home hardware store.

    • M.
      Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      Thats not a "more primative material"!

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