The Centennial Bulb


Continuing on with my recent fixation with the lightbulb:

The Centennial Light is the world’s longest-lasting light bulb. It is at 4550 East Avenue, Livermore, California, and maintained by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. The fire department claims that the bulb is at least 107 years old and has been turned off only a handful of times. In 1976, the fire department moved to Fire Station #6 with the bulb. When the bulb itself was moved, rather than simply unscrewing it, its cord was severed for fear that unscrewing it could damage or destroy the bulb. During the transfer the bulb was deprived of electricity for only 22 minutes during which time the bulb was housed in a specially designed box and given full firetruck escort. An electrician was on hand to install the bulb into the new fire station’s emergency generator immediately upon arrival.

It is a storied bulb indeed…

The bulb comes complete with its own website which includes a web-cam.


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