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The provision of a safe, efficient and portable means of lighting is a detail of the utmost importance for the smooth and safe running of a coal mine. A safe system of lighting is necessary in order to preserve both the lives of the miners and the underground workings from gaseous explosions.

Illumination in coal mining has undertaken great changes. From the earliest days of using candles, to open lamps, until the first safety lamp invented by Sir Humphry Davy in 1816. This invention was a big step forward for underground safety. Although the electric lamps are used for lighting nowadays the Davy lamp is still used as a gas detector.

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Open lamps Oil lamps Davy lamp Electric lamp
Open lamps
Oil lamps
Davy lamp
Electric lamps 
Modern lamp