The curious case of 115-yr-old light bulb

ANI
Published Jul 3, 2016, 9:36 am IST
Updated Jul 3, 2016, 9:36 am IST
Holding the Guinness World Record for being the world's oldest-known working bulb, it reached another milestone on June 18.
At 115 years of illumination, the bulb that was made by the Shelby Electric Company has dimmed with time but never gone out. (Photo: centennialbulb.org)
 At 115 years of illumination, the bulb that was made by the Shelby Electric Company has dimmed with time but never gone out. (Photo: centennialbulb.org)

Washington: While an average light-bulb doesn't last more than few months, it's amazing that the Centennial Light-Bulb has been illuminating local fire stations in Livermore, California continuously ever since 1901, proving again "They don't make 'em like they used to."

Holding the Guinness World Record for being the world's oldest-known working bulb, it reached another milestone on June 18.

 

At 115 years of illumination, the bulb that was made by the Shelby Electric Company has dimmed with time but never gone out.

Thanks to the internet, you won't even have to make vacation plans for the Bay Area to see it as there is a webcam as well as a website dedicated to it, the Verge reported.

The 60-Watt bulb is monitored and maintained by the Livemore-Pleasanton Fire Department's 'Bulb Cam.'

A webcam livestreams the bulb on a dedicated website called 'Centennialbulb,' which contains GeoCities-era animated GIFs and dead images, a Hotmail contact address and a Guest Book.

Known as the 'Palace Bulb,' the second-oldest bulb was installed on 21 Sept 1908 by a stagehand named Barry Burke, at the Byers Opera House in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Third oldest bulb, according to Guinness, has been in a New York City hardware store since 1912, while the fourth, known as 'the bulb,' is burning in a firehouse in the town of Mangum, Oklahoma since around 1926.

The Fifth was a bulb in a washroom at the Martin and Newby Electrical Shop in Ipswich, England. It was dated from 1930 and burned out in January 2001.





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