- Aug 2010
- Welsh Marches
I have used paraffin (kerosene) lamps when staying in places without electricity, and they produce a pretty good light, although it does not project as far as electric light. They were only introduced, I think, in the second half of the 19th century, and made quite a difference as sparky has already noted. Earlier lamps were by no means as good.Good question. While I have burned candles during power outages, I've never seen a 19th century oil lamp in operation.