Where does come from?
Let there be light! The electric light bulb emoji was approved under Unicode 6.0 in 2010.
Across platforms, the electric light bulb emoji is mostly uniform, depicting a warmly glowing incandescent lightbulb you’d screw into a table lamp. Some vendors, like Google and Twitter, illustrate wire filaments inside.
Who uses ?
The electric light bulb emoji is often used in reference to various kinds of lights, from cell phones to the cosmos.
Lights will guide you home 💡 ⚡✨ pic.twitter.com/0eQQFFKYZx
— سيرجيو راموس مصر (@fadyamr7) December 29, 2017
Folks, the conditions (depending on where you are) are pretty bad. Rain primarily in Metro Vancouver, snow and freezing rain in the Fraser Valley and conditions aren’t expected to improve soon.
Slow down 🐢
Turn on your lights 💡
Increase distance btwn you/other cars 🚗 — 🚙 pic.twitter.com/gzEJsxdiIk
— NEWS 1130 (@NEWS1130) December 29, 2017
I mean an immediate change. Faster than the speed of light.
— Daniel F. Baranowski (@DFBHarvard) December 29, 2017
The emoji is also widely used for metaphorical light, like “bright” futures or “knowledge is power.”
The future is definitely 💡. The Warriors Freshman Team won the PEP Holiday Tournament. Congrats 🔰🏀🔰 pic.twitter.com/D0ZgwK3OCg
— Warriors Boys BB (@WWarriorsBball) December 29, 2017
2017, a year full of knowledge 💡 pic.twitter.com/zqqLMIFRW7
— Sweeterman • (@Nchriszy) December 29, 2017
Since at least the 1920s, illustrators have drawn light bulbs over characters’ heads to show they’ve gotten a sudden brilliant idea. To this end, the electric light bulb emoji is often paired with thinking face emoji.
— Drew Martin (@TCU_Drew) December 29, 2017
Thanks to the cartoon idea bulb trope, light bulbs have become intimately associated with the act of thinking itself.
Surround yourself with people who challenge the way you think 💡💯
— Kyle Gott (@KyleGottYouTube) December 29, 2017
The electric light bulb emoji is sometimes used to pun on the slang lit, meaning “exciting” or “excellent”—or “electrifying,” shall we say?
This book is definitely lit 💡 📚 pic.twitter.com/WII7wNMJ7a
— INSIDER (@thisisinsider) May 15, 2018