Edison power plant opens

On September 4, 1882, Thomas Edison's (L) power plant in New York City generates and distributes electric power to 59 customers. It is viewed as a high tech wonder. The power plant and its transmission lines are financed by banker John Pierpont Morgan. (Morgan's New York residence is the first private home in America to be illuminated by electricity.) By funding Edison's power plant, this financier is instrumental in opening a new technological era in America.  

Paul R. Williams writes about important developments in electric lighting in his 1945 book The Small Home of Tomorrow. "New methods of indirect lighting built into the design of the room with tiny concealed adjustable spot lights for reading areas will be one of the post war developments."

Thomas Edison, 1925
Edison Power Plant, New York City