Fire Station Light Bulb Has Been Burning For 115 Years!

In Livermore, California, a light bulb has been burning for 115 years! It was first installed in at a Livermore firehouse in 1901, replacing the kerosene lanterns lit the way before then. It’s the longest-burning bulb in the world, and has only been turned off 4 times since it was put into service. Nobody seems to knows why it’s still going, and no one wants to unscrew the bulb to find out. “It still gives that warm, comfy glow,” says retired Livermore fire Chief Lynn Owens. The light bulb is about 3 inches long and slightly rounder than a modern light bulb. It’s made of hand-blown glass, and inside is a jumble of carbon filament that radiates about 4 watts of soft orange light – about the strength of a nightlight. Its inner workings might be a mystery, created back in the days before built-in obsolescence, and it’s probably one of best documented light bulbs in history. If you enjoy watching paint dry, you can check out the ‘BULBCAM’, a webcam page that refreshes every 30 seconds – www.centennialbulb.org/cam.htm

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