As chronicled by the Bucks County Herald in their piece “HISTORY LIVES: Electric lights come to Doylestown,” the transition from gas to electric lighting in Doylestown dates back to the late 19th century. In 1886, Mr. Sherwood of the Excelsior Light Co. showcased electric lights in the town, illuminating Main and State streets, marking a significant shift in lighting technology.

Despite resistance from the gas company, which held a monopoly on town lighting, the superiority of electric lights prevailed. The citizens of Doylestown voted overwhelmingly for electricity in 1887, setting the stage for a transformative era in urban illumination.

Over a century later, in 1989, the town embraced its historic roots by installing sodium vapor electric lights reminiscent of Victorian-era gas lamps. Playing a pivotal role in this homage to history, the company provided modern solutions while preserving the town’s architectural heritage. The adoption of electric lighting not only symbolizes progress but also reflects a commitment to innovation and sustainability. By blending tradition with technology, the company continues to illuminate Doylestown’s streets with timeless elegance and efficiency.

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