Imagine time never ending- this is how I felt when I first learned about Livermore’s Centennial Light Bulb! Yes that’s right, centennial which is used to describe the number 100; basically a big number! In this case, I’m talking about a light bulb being OVER 100 years old! How about 115 years?!
The city of Livermore is home to the world’s longest burning light bulb, the Centennial Light Bulb; doesn’t that title sound grand? When I first learned of this, I immediately knew I had to see it first hand because I never knew this big piece of history was right near my home! Now, many people might scoff or disregard this but it’s actually pretty incredible! To illustrate how long this basic light bulb has been on, let me put it into a different perspective; this light bulb has been shining 2 years before the Wright Brothers had successfully invented the first airplane ever! Here’s another example: in 1904, the popular board game “Monopoly” (then called “Landlord’s Game) was granted its patent- that was three years after the light bulb had been on!
This light bulb has actually been the star of the media quite a few times! The notorious show “MythBusters” did a segment about this centennial light bulb along with networks such as PBS, ABC World News, The Guinness World Record and even foreign ones! Books and movies were even inspired about this light bulb in Livermore, even bringing visitors and directors from around the world to take a peek at it!
To take a look at these works check the Centennial Light Bulb where they’re listed! Their site also has fun facts and even an up to date image of the light bulb every second!
The Centennial Light Bulb is located at Fire Station #6 in Livermore. Call ahead of time (as to avoid disrupting any operations) and go see this awesome piece of history! Don’t make my mistake, I hadn’t called and so I was only able to peek from the outside as to not disturb. Upon looking through those windows, I was able to see the light bulb along with other cool memorabilia. But now you know about Livermore’s Centennial Lightbulb.