The Acetylene Carbide Lamp

Calcium Carbide lamps were once ubiquitous across America.  Carbide gas lamps illuminated mines, provided lighting for homes, and served as headlights for cars and even bicycles.  Calcium carbide itself is a remarkable substance.  The cement-like material produces volatile acetylene gas when combined with water.  Acetylene, while highly explosive, provides a clean, white, fantastically bright flame. … Continue reading The Acetylene Carbide Lamp