- , DRUMMOND LIGHTThomas Drummond (1797-1840) invented the first "limelight" in 1816 and it later became essential theatrical equipment. The so-called Drummond light emitted a powerful beam that could be concentrated on one part of the stage. The person in its glare was said to be in the limelight, a pithy way of saying that someone is in the full glare of public attention or notoriety or, to borrow a theatrical term, is "center stage." This vivid light is a combination of oxygen and hydrogen on a surface of lime or, more simply, calcium oxide, which has a brilliant luminosity when incandescent.Drummond invented his light for lighthouses. Sometime after Drummond's death, the limelight came to be used extensively in theaters and remained their main source for prominent lighting for many years.
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