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How do light bulbs work, and why do onions give you bad breath?

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Wednesday 24 November 2021 21:30
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<p>Let there be light: the combination of a filament and a vacuum is illuminating</p>

Let there be light: the combination of a filament and a vacuum is illuminating

How do light bulbs work?

A light bulb contains a thin wire filament. When a current flows through this filament, the metal heats up and then glows, giving out light. As the inside of the light bulb is a vacuum, there’s no oxygen to oxidise the filament, so it lasts a long time.

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