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Old faithful

This lightbulb has burned continuously in a fire station in Livermore, California since 1901. Not the same fire station, and it’s been off a few times for power outages and moving fire station. It is a handblown bulb with carbon filament, invented by Adolphe A. Chaillet.

When first manufactured, it burned at 60 watts. It is now 4. I know the feeling.

It has a website that hasn’t been updated since 2015, and boy does it look like it. The webcam is no longer operational, but the AI who lives in my browser says it’s still burning. Wikipedia seems to agree.

It is open to the public.

And with that, weasel doth vamoose. I’ve just been reminded my art club newsletter should go out Wednesday.


Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: April 29, 2024, 9:13 pm

“…it burned at 60 watts. It is now 4. I know the feeling …”

Nicely put :-).

Comment from Gordon R. Durand
Time: April 29, 2024, 9:31 pm

As always, I would like to remind everyone who has not already done so to read the story of Byron the Bulb in Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: April 30, 2024, 12:56 am

I’ve burned my light bulb at the firehouse
It’s lasted a century and more
But on the morrow it light will be doused
And replaced by an LED bulb – thanks to fucking Al Gore

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: April 30, 2024, 1:38 am

Filament bulbs will be the death of the planet!
They must be banned!
Evolve to see in the darkness of your grotty little mud huts you primitive apes!
Removing artificial lighting will result in the only viable evolutionary path forward!

(The preceding was brought to you by your globalist betters, the Morlocks of the WEF)

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