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Evolution of Mirrors: The Progress We Have Made


Mirrors have become a commonplace item in our current society, with little real thought put into where they came from and the history they hold. But progress, in any form, takes reflection. So let’s take a look back at the evolution of mirrors, and the progress we have made.

Though the highlights of our illuminated mirrors lie within innovative features and energy-efficient lighting, that doesn’t take away from the necessity of the simple mirror. Now, let’s take some time to reflect on the evolution of mirrors, and be glad they’ve come such a long way.

Early Uses

The earliest forms of mirrors are not something we would recognize today. Most mirrors started off as reflections from things such as water, shiny or polished object or even pieces of metal. The original purpose of mirrors has stayed true, with reflection for cosmetic, medical, and safety purposes, among many others.

Glass mirrors were first introduced in the Middle Ages, during the Renaissance period, and were often used for artistic purposes. Since the creation of glass mirrors, progress has quickly evolved them from a commodity of the home, and started to use them for art, science and discovery.

More practical uses of mirrors were found as heating and cooking mechanisms. While vanity was one of the uses, it has only been in recent years that it has had the uptake for in-home cosmetics.

Modern Day Mirrors

As previously mentioned, mirror popularity has focused on its cosmetic uses, but that's not all mirrors can do. Understanding their true potential, and looking beyond the reflection, has lead to some amazing uses for these ancient tools.

Science has used mirrors in many ways, with some of the more notable uses including mirrors in telescopes to see space, in microscopes to understand cells, and to aid in our understanding of physics and the world around us.

One amazing way mirrors are being used is through solar farms. Just outside of Las Vegas is the United States largest solar farm with over 10,000 mirrors all pointed at a molten salt tower that can store power even when the sun isn’t shining. These types of innovations take reflection in a new direction, moving far beyond its original uses.

We also love all the ways mirrors can be used outside of household products, such as:

  • Decorating
  • Safety
  • Vision
  • Photography
  • Fashion design

The many uses of mirrors are still being discovered, and we encourage any and all creativity with not only our own products, but all mirrors.

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At Lighted Image, we also try to stay ahead of the game with innovation, using only LED-illuminated mirrors. These lights are safer for the environment, require energy bills, and provide the perfect light. To get your own, view our selection of LED mirrors today. If you have any questions, be sure to contact us.

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