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Livermore's famous bulb celebrates its 110th birthday
Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/16/11 | Jeanine Benca

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at contracostatimes.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: lightbulb; livermore

1 posted on 06/16/2011 1:27:27 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

4 watts?

That’s a night light.


2 posted on 06/16/2011 1:30:25 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: SmithL

Soon to be outlawed by a government near you.


3 posted on 06/16/2011 1:31:23 PM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: SmithL

That is awfult that they’re wasting all that precious energy on a non-green incandescent bulb!!! /sarc


4 posted on 06/16/2011 1:31:57 PM PDT by cowboyway (Molon labe : Deo Vindice : "Rebellion is always an option!!"--Jim Robinson)
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To: smokingfrog

My nightlights are 7 watt, but they don’t last as long.


5 posted on 06/16/2011 1:32:03 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: smokingfrog
That’s a night light.

Yes, and never turned off, which is the key......

6 posted on 06/16/2011 1:33:16 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: SmithL

The inventor was murdered by “The Man”.


7 posted on 06/16/2011 1:33:40 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: SmithL
so they can make a light buld last forever? bump
8 posted on 06/16/2011 1:35:02 PM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: ScreamingFist

How long before Algoe & Co. claim this bulb is killing polar bears?


9 posted on 06/16/2011 1:35:31 PM PDT by matt04
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To: rightwingcrazy
"Soon to be outlawed by a government near you."

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.

10 posted on 06/16/2011 1:43:26 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: SmithL

I could stare at that for hours and hours and hours and


11 posted on 06/16/2011 1:47:29 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: SmithL

I thought all incandescent bulbs had to be replaced?


12 posted on 06/16/2011 1:49:12 PM PDT by dirtymac
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To: rightwingcrazy

I was gonna say that... ;-)


13 posted on 06/16/2011 1:51:35 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (explosive bolts, ten thousand volts at a million miles an hour)
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To: SmithL

Oh the horror! It’s been adding to gorebull warming all these years!!


14 posted on 06/16/2011 1:51:53 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: ScreamingFist

Yep. They always pop and burn-out when you turn them on.


15 posted on 06/16/2011 1:54:32 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: SmithL

It looks like it has a 110 years of dirt on it too!


16 posted on 06/16/2011 2:05:38 PM PDT by almost done by half
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To: almost done by half

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


17 posted on 06/16/2011 2:27:59 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (FUBO, the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: SmithL

I have a 1 watt LED bulb that has been going for a year or so of intermittent use.


18 posted on 06/16/2011 2:38:45 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Fred Hayek

Yes, just wait until Obama comes in and turns off the switch by mistake.


19 posted on 06/16/2011 2:49:44 PM PDT by almost done by half
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To: Paladin2

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.


20 posted on 06/16/2011 3:06:17 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: rightwingcrazy

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.


21 posted on 06/16/2011 3:08:42 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: TomGuy

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).


22 posted on 06/16/2011 3:21:54 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SmithL

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.


23 posted on 06/16/2011 3:25:50 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I am still looking for that box I am supposed to think out of.)
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To: smokingfrog
"Why that's not a light - that's a dark!" (obscure Jimmy Stewart reference - Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation)
24 posted on 06/16/2011 7:48:27 PM PDT by rockrr (uestion..)
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