Electricity transformed the night. Suddenly, darkness could be illuminated with the simple flick of a switch. Towns and villages were no longer shrouded in shadow from dusk until dawn. Street lights combated crime while domestic lighting dramatically altered people’s daily routines. Eyes no longer strained in candlelight and gaslight to complete tasks after sunset, and recreation was revolutionised. The electric lightbulb meant that evenings could be spent reading and sewing, while the later introduction of...
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