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Now That’s a Long-lasting Light Bulb. Over 100 Years and Counting. June 14, 2010

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long lasting light bulbWe like to think of light bulbs like compact fluorescents, cold cathode, and LEDs as long-lasting. After all, the bulbs  last years longer than standard incandescent light bulbs.

However there is one light bulb that tops them all. It seems to keep on going, and going, and going. The  Livermore, California Centennial Bulb has been burning for over 109 years. The national curiosity is housed in the fire station at 4550  East Avenue where it draws visits from tourists and school children.

The bulb, which burns at four watts with a heavy carbon filament, was made by the former Shelby (Ohio) Electric Company. It was given to the fire department  in 1901, and has served continuously as a nightlight at serveral Livermore stations since.

The venerable bulb is helped along by being left on all the time, and its own power source. Two items most light bulbs are not pampered with. But we don’t mind.  We just want it to keep on going, and going, and going.

View the BulbCam here.

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