Skip to comments.Still burning bright (Texas bulb first illuminated in 1908)
Posted on 09/24/2004 9:22:00 PM PDT by Nail
DALLAS, Texas (Reuters) -- They sure do not make things anymore like the Texas lightbulb that sold for a few cents and has burned for 96 straight years.
The North Fort Worth Historical Society will have a birthday party Tuesday for its famous household fixture -- a lightbulb that has burned continuously since September 21, 1908. The bulb was first illuminated when a stagehand at a local opera house flicked a switch and posted a sign that the light over a stage entrance was not be turned off.
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No picture available on the light bulb above. This is the Livermore bulb, which is about as old.
(Wanted to post this in chat, but don't know how to).
Livermore is older than the Texas bulb by like 6 years.
Thankfully, that thing is nearly worthless or anything serious!
"They sure do not make things anymore like the Texas lightbulb that sold for a few cents and has burned for 96 straight years."
Manufacturers certainly might learn a few things from the past.
I have a General Electric upright freezer purchased in 1952. Still running strong. But not continuously. I confess. Every once in awhile I unplug the thing for an afternoon defrosting.
If you upgraded to a modern freezer you'd probably save enough money on electricity to pay for the new freezer in a year.
Would that savings include the cost of an extended maintenance agreements, assuming of course, the new freezer outlasts the warranty?
I think that's right. Livermore was 1901, while this bulb was 1908. Still, this bulb has been burning for (2004-1908)=96*365*24 hours=840,000 hours. The average life of an incandescent light bulb is what, 1000 - 2000 hours?
Get outta here ... really?!
The Livermore bulb is in a firehouse. But that can't be right, can it? Bush closed all our firehouses and opened then in Iraq. ;>)
Yup, and even the fancy schmancy ones are like 8000 hours. One thing about the Livermore bulb which might not apply to this one: Livermore is *FOUR* watts. (I think I heard this one was sixty, but I might be confused.)
I've no idea what you mean. I was just chatting about light bulbs.
But I like your home page, and I share your love for a good cigar.
George W. Bush will be reelected by a margin of at least ten per cent
I don't mind defrosting the thing every six months or so. The quiet humming is soothing and almost musical. I like owning something so well designed and so well put together it still does its intended job after almost fifty-two years.
I might even go out and give it a good clean-up polish tomorrow.
Whatever extra expense there might be, I think I'll pay it for awhile longer.
But percentage-wise, I am curious, how much did you save?
Yeah, i was just amazed ...!
Enjoying an Arturo Fuente Double Chateau right now (till Ms. B smells it!) ... ahhhh! ;)
Anybody remember the "Andy Griffith" episode with the old freezer? If not ... carry on! :)
Is the bulb on AC or DC current? AC will cause the filiment to eventually fail due to metal fatigue similar to turning a light on and off.
Some few years ago, in (I think it was) Builder's Square, I saw a display of those AC to DC adapters for light sockets. DC does extend the life of a bulb. However, the heavier the filament (and of course, depends what it's made of), the longer it lasts. Hence, I used to buy 130 volt, or oven / ceiling fan bulbs, despite the higher cost. Now I get those twisty fluorescents. :')
"Anybody remember the "Andy Griffith" episode with the old freezer? If not ... carry on! :)"
I'd call The Man.
"Aunt Bea call the Man. Just .. call the Man!"
Love that ep!
Its all about the filament. LEDs are in the near future.
Yeah... but he left strict orders to leave the lights on.
I had a late 40's Firestone Freezer that did a wonderful job until last year. The handle finally rotted off and broke and I reluctantly threw it away. Yes you had to defrost it about once a year, but it was a trooper that never had to be repaired.
I did some research on it and old freezers are in great demand. The newer models were no more electrical saving than the old ones. Frost free is not cost free.
I would hold on to yours as long as it preformed it duty. Probable as long as the door handle still works.
Is the bulb on AC or DC current? AC will cause the filiment to eventually fail due to metal fatigue similar to turning a light on and off.Interesting experiment to try sometime - configure a low resistance current 'shunt' in series with a light bulb to the 'Neutral' side of the line and connect to CH 1 of an O-scope (oscilloscope),
- connect CH 2 to the 'high' side (hot) line voltage.
Switch on the power, note the deviation from 'pure' sinusoid over an entire sinsusoid ...
Connect a diode in series with the high side, and note the deviation from 'pure' sinusoid ... you will see a BIGGER difference now that the bulb's filament is 'warmed' by only half the incoming AC and cools during the other ... this will shed 'some light' on what the thermal time constant of a filament is ...
Next, switch off the power, set the scope from 'Auto Trigger' to 'Norm Trigger' (we're going to WATCH the huge inrush current when a cold bulb is switch on) ... now, switch power ON and OFF several times: note the HUGE currents drawn by the filament when it's *cold* and the incomig AC is at it's peak (1.414 * 120 V rms = 17V pk) -
- eventually, when the bulb gets older as the filament has thinned, this will turn out to be 'fusing' current ... an incandescent lamp can pull a "cold-filament" inrush current of 10 to 20 times the steady-state "hot filament" current ...
Simply applying 'DC' in place of AC won't cure this phenom - there needs to be a way to sloooowly apply the power ....
Zero crossing thyristors actully work quite well - I've got a hall light that seems well on it's way to 'running forever' - it's one of those BSR X-10 wall switches, and when they turn on a lamp, they do it at the 'zero crossing' point of the incoming AC sinusoid ...
I have the bulb that hung in the hallway of my grandparents house in the Houston Heights and burned continuously from about 1908 until 1965 when my grandfather died. The last time I tried it a few years ago it still worked. I also have a red bulb of the same period that he said came from a ships lantern, it also still works.
I think you missed the point. A freezer that is almost 50 years old - and still running strong, while modern appliances don't typically last 1/5 that long without some sort of major repairs.
Kind of like the old Kenmore Washer and Dryer my parents had while I was growing up. When they loaned it to a family member, the pair was over 25 years old and had never had any repair work done.
I haven't seen a similar product sold in the last 15 years that lasted more than a couple of years (usually about the length of the warranty + a month).
It really puzzles me how these appliances are suppose to be more efficient, partially because they don't have to work as hard - yet they don't last as long.
I remember when the Texas theater (an old vaudeville and movie house) in San Antonio was torn down a few years ago, a light bulb high in the wings was found to be still burning. Apparently it had been on for God knows how many years.
extended warranties are usually not a good investment
The only thing I get them on now is laptops, just because there's not much you or anyone local can do when it goes bad - it usually has to be fixed the the manufacturer.
A fire that broke out more than 100 years ago at a Chinese coalfield has finally been extinguished, reports say.
In the last four years, firefighters have spent $12m in efforts to put out the flames at Liuhuanggou colliery, near Urumqi in Xinjiang province.
While ablaze, the fire burned up an estimated 1.8m tons of coal every year, according to China's official Xinhua news agency.
Local historians said the fire first broke out in 1874, Itar-Tass reported.
Hou Xuecheng, head of the Xinjiang Coalfield Firefighting Project Office, said the Liuhuanggou fire was the largest among eight major coalfield fire areas in Xinjiang.
The burning coal emitted 100,000 tons of harmful gases - including carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide - and 40,000 tons of ashes every year, Mr Hou told Xinhua.
The continuing blaze is also thought to have caused environmental damage to the region.
Xinjiang accounts for 1.8 trillion tons, or 40.6%, of China's total coal reserves.