Consul E. T. Liefield forwards from Freiburg an abstract from a Paris newspaper concerning a new electric lamp which, it is said, will revolutionize the present system of lighting. The article was wired from Vienna, and reads:
An Austrian chemist, Dr. Hans Kuzel, has, after many years' hard work, succeeded in constructing a new electric lamp, which he calls the Syrius lamp. As is well known, incandescent gaslight is cheaper than electric light, because the filament wires of the latter are very expensive and the glass bulbs soon wear out. Dr. Kuzel has now invented a new substitute for the glow-thread, by forming out of common and cheap metals and metalloids colloids in a plastic mass, which can be handled like clay and which, when dry, becomes hard as stone. Out of this mass very thin wire threads are then shaped, which are of uniform thickness and of great homogeneity. These two characteristics are of great value in the technics of incandescent lamps.
The Kuzel or Syrius lamp hardly needs one-quarter of the electric current which the ordinary electric lamp with a filament wire requires. Experiments, it it is asserted, have shown that the lamp can burn for thirty-five hundred hours at a stretch. Another advantage is that the intensity of the light of the new lamp always remains the same, the lamp bulbs never becoming blackened, as is now the case. The new lamp, it is said, will be put on the market next autumn.