LIFE

116-Year-Old Light Bulb Dangles From Firehouse Ceiling, But Chief Reveals It Has Never Burnt Out

by Jess Butler
Jess is a curly-haired Jersey girl who adores penguins and watches the worst reality shows on TV.

When ordinary objects surpass our expectations, we tend to make a big deal about it. That is precisely the reason why one particular piece of fire station property is getting so much attention.

In 1901, a regular light bulb was installed in a firehouse in California. Nobody ever expected its lifespan to grow this long!

In the video below, posted on July 13, 2017, retired deputy fire chief Tom Bramell explains, “It’s been burning continuously since 1901.”

When you compare this old light bulb to modern fluorescent bulbs, you’ll realize just how amazing this feat is. Today’s standard fluorescent bulb lasts about 20,000 hours. However, this 116-year-old firehouse bulb has endured over 1,000,000 hours. That’s exactly why the Livermore Fire Department near San Jose, California is treating the old light bulb like a treasure.

“You’re not allowed to touch it by the way. We don’t even dust it off,” Tom says as he stands on a tall ladder below the light bulb.

Perhaps the older materials have allowed the light bulb to stay glowing for all these years, or maybe this one is just extra special. Either way, it’s pretty incredible, don’t you think?

Check out this unbelievable 116-year-old light bulb in the video below, and please SHARE if you think it will continue to burn for many more years to come!

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