Skip to comments.Livermore's famous bulb celebrates its 110th birthday
Posted on 06/16/2011 1:27:21 PM PDT by SmithL
LIVERMORE -- How many firefighters does it take to change the Livermore light bulb?
None, because it never burns out!
The riddle may be a bit tired, but the object of its affectionate punchline is not.
For more than a century, the 4-watt "Centennial Light" -- believed to be the world's longest-burning bulb -- has hung from the modest rafters of Fire Station No. 6 in Livermore.
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That’s a night light.
Soon to be outlawed by a government near you.
That is awfult that they’re wasting all that precious energy on a non-green incandescent bulb!!! /sarc
My nightlights are 7 watt, but they don’t last as long.
Yes, and never turned off, which is the key......
The inventor was murdered by “The Man”.
How long before Algoe & Co. claim this bulb is killing polar bears?
Actually it will be 96 watts short of illegal, but, . . .
Shush! Don't tell the light bulb police. They will agitate to have the law (rule) changed.
I could stare at that for hours and hours and hours and
I thought all incandescent bulbs had to be replaced?
I was gonna say that... ;-)
Oh the horror! It’s been adding to gorebull warming all these years!!
Yep. They always pop and burn-out when you turn them on.
It looks like it has a 110 years of dirt on it too!
The “dirt” is probably a very thin layer of metal (tungsten?) deposited on the inside of the bulb. This would be the same material as the filament. The bulb has lasted this long due to the lack of thermal cycling from turning it on and off.
The vacuum tubes in Cheyenne Mountain (NORAD) lasted so long for the same reason. The old vacuum tube system lasted until the late 80’s early 90’s
I have a 1 watt LED bulb that has been going for a year or so of intermittent use.
Yes, just wait until Obama comes in and turns off the switch by mistake.
I have a 10 watt CFL that has been burning nearly 24/7 for about 16 months.
That evil bulb is in a small lamp located in the bathroom which has no windows. The regular light switch is not in a convenient location.
The hilarious part about that law is GE, Sylvania and other manufacturers have merely started manufacturing 95, 55 and 35 watt bulbs to circumvent the law.
I have several cases of them and wonder how they will perform.
I bought an earlier design LED bulb consisting of ~ 20 individual LEDs that crapped out after about a year of the same use (headboard bed light).
I know they moved it when they built a new fire station, I guess they found a way to move it with out turning it off.The the old station is a deli now.
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