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Limelight is a type of stage lighting once used in theatres and music halls. Although it has long since been replaced by electric lighting, the term has nonetheless survived, as someone in the public eye is still said to be "in the limelight". An intense illumination is created when an oxyhydrogen flame is directed at a cylinder of calcium carbonate (limestone), which can be raised to white heat without melting. The light is produced by a combination of incandescence and candoluminescence[citation needed]. Limelight can mean: Limelight, an obsolete type of stage lighting. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This is a current Stagecraft collaboration! Please help improve it to good article standard. ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... Music Hall is a form of British theatrical entertainment which reached its peak of popularity between 1850 and 1960. ... An oxyhydrogen flame is the flame attending the combustion of hydrogen and oxygen, and is characterized by a very high temperature. ... Calcium carbonate is a chemical compound, with chemical formula CaCO3. ... As the temperature decreases, the peak of the black body radiation curve moves to lower intensities and longer wavelengths. ... Molten glassy material glows orange with incandescence in a vitrification experiment. ... Candoluminescence is the (archaic) term used to describe the light given off by certain materials which have been heated to incandescence and emit light at shorter wavelengths than would be expected for a typical blackbody radiator. ...

The limelight effect was discovered in the 1820s by Goldsworthy Gurney, based on his work with the "oxy-hydrogen blowpipe", credit for which is normally given to Robert Hare. In 1825, a Scottish engineer, Thomas Drummond (1797–1840), saw a demonstration of the effect by Michael Faraday and realized that the light would be useful for surveying. Drummond built a working version in 1826, and the light is sometimes known as the Drummond Light after him. Nationalistic independence helped reshape the world during this decade: Greece gains independence from the Ottoman Empire in the Greek War of Independence (1821-1827). ... Goldsworthy Gurney in earlier life Sir Goldsworthy Gurney (1793-1875) was a surgeon, chemist, lecturer, consultant, architect, builder and prototypical British inventor of the Victorian period. ... Diagram of a bellow-operated blowpipe, circa 1827, from A Practical Treatise on the Use of the Blowpipe The Blowpipe is a narrow tube by means of which a stream or jet of air or a specific gas or gas mix can be directed onto a flame to concentrate or... Robert Hare (1781–1858) was an American chemist. ... Opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway 1825 (MDCCCXXV) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic) Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English (de facto)1; Gaelic[1]2 and Scots3 (recognised minority... Captain Thomas Drummond (1797 - 1840) was a Scottish civil engineer, born in Edinburgh. ... Michael Faraday, FRS (September 22, 1791 – August 25, 1867) was an English chemist and physicist (or natural philosopher, in the terminology of that time) who contributed significantly to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. ... The oldest surviving photograph, Nicéphore Niépce, circa 1826 1826 (MDCCCXXVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ...

Limelight was first used in public in the Covent Garden Theatre in London in 1837 and enjoyed widespread use in theatres around the world in the 1860s and 1870s. Limelights were employed to highlight solo performers in the same manner as modern followspots. To this day, theatre followspots are referred to as limes. Limelight was quickly replaced by electric arc lighting in the late 19th century. The Floral Hall of the Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is a performing arts venue in London. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1837 - 1901) 1837 (MDCCCXXXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... // The First Transcontinental Railroad in the USA was built in the six year period between 1863 and 1869. ... // The invention of the telephone (1876) by Alexander Graham Bell. ... Followspot is a generic term used to describe any number of lighting instruments used to highlight performers on stage. ... 15 kW Xenon short-arc lamp. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Lighting neon lamp, two 220/230 volt and 110 V neon lamps and a screwdriver with neon lamp inside A neon lamp is a gas discharge lamp containing primarily neon gas at low pressure. ... A LPS / SOX streetlight at full power A sodium vapor lamp is a gas discharge lamp which uses sodium in an excited state to produce light. ... 15 kW Xenon short-arc lamp. ... An HMI on a stand. ... 15 kW Xenon short-arc lamp used in IMAX projectors Xenon arc lamps are an artificial light source. ... A Yablochkov candle (sometimes electric candle) is a type of electric carbon arc lamp, invented in 1876 by Pavel Yablochkov. ... Lit carbide lamp A French manufactured Carbide of Calcium lamp on a bicycle Carbide of Calcium lamp in a coalmine Acetylene Gas lamps) are simple lamps that produce and burn acetylene gas (C2H2) which is created by the reaction of Carbide of Calcium (CaC2) with water. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Gas lighting is the process of burning piped natural gas or coal gas for illumination. ... It has been suggested that Petromax be merged into this article or section. ... Antique bronze oil lamp with Christian symbol (replica) An oil lamp is a device used for lighting or for preserving a flame that is fueled by animal, vegetable or mineral oil. ... Safety lamp is the name of a variety of lamps for safety in coal-mines against coal dust, methane, or firedamp, a highly explosive mixture of natural gas apt to accumulate in them. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Kerosene lamp. ... A Rushlight is a type of candle formed using the dried pith of the rush plant as its wick. ... LBNL researcher examines prototype sulfur lamp. ... Blue, green and red LEDs. ... LED Lamp with bayonet mount LED Lamp with E27 Edison screw. ... Solid State Lighting (SSL) refers to a type of lighting that utilizes light-emitting diodes (LEDs), organic light-emitting diodes (OLED), or polymer light-emitting diodes as sources of illumination rather than electrical filaments or gas. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Electroluminescent wire (often abbreviated to EL wire) is a thin copper wire coated in a phosphor which glows when an AC voltage is applied to it. ... A chemoluminescent reaction carried out in an erlenmeyer flask producing a large amount of light. ... Emission spectrum of an ultraviolet deuterium arc lamp clearly showing characteristic hydrogen emission lines (sharp peaks at 656 nm and 486 nm) and continuum emission in the ~160-400 nm region. ... Radioluminescence is the phenomenon by which luminescence is produced in a material by the bombardment of ionizing radiation such as beta particles. ... A mirror is a reflective surface that is smooth enough to form an image. ... If a shaft of light entering a prism is sufficiently narrow, a spectrum results. ... Optical fibers An optical fiber (or fibre) is a glass or plastic fiber designed to guide light along its length by confining as much light as possible in a propagating form. ... A lens. ...

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Limelight - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (365 words)
Limelight was first used in public in the Covent Garden Theatre in London in 1837 and enjoyed widespread use in theatres around the world in the 1860s and 1870s.
Limelights were employed to highlight solo performers in the same manner as modern followspots.
Limelight was quickly replaced by electric arc lighting in the late 19th century.
Limelight - Limelight Department (2278 words)
They drew on his pre Limelight experience and included the story of a hungry man who stole a loaf of bread, was arrested, imprisoned, and on his release was taken into the care of the Salvation Army's Prison Gate Brigade.
Limelight camera operators were positioned on platforms along the parade route and Joe Perry moved between them using a fire cart pulled by five horses.
Five months later, in May 1901, the Limelight Department was commissioned by the Victorian Government to film the visit of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George V and Queen Mary.
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