How long does your bulb take before requiring a replacement? Most of them will probably blow off within the first month of being purchased. Fake. Right?
But did you know that there is a bulb that has been lighting for the last 113 years and still doing strong? Doubting? Yes? The Centennial Light is the world’s longest-lasting light bulb and has burned since 1901.
The bulb is at 4550 East Avenue, Livermore, California, and maintained by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.
The Centennial Light was originally a 30-watt or 60-watt bulb but is now very dim, emitting about the same light as a 4-watt nightlight.
According to information on Wikipedia, the hand-blown, carbon-filament common light bulb was manufactured in Shelby, Ohio, by the Shelby Electric Company in the late 1890s, many just like it still exist and can be found functioning.
According to Zylpha Bernal Beck, the bulb was donated to the Fire Department by her father, Dennis Bernal, in 1901. Bernal owned the Livermore Power and Water Company and donated the bulb to the fire station when he sold the company. That story has been supported by firefighter volunteers of that era.
Evidence suggests that the bulb has hung in at least four locations. It was originally hung in 1901 in a hose cart house on L Street, then moved to a garage in downtown Livermore used by the fire and police departments. When the fire department consolidated, it was moved again to a newly constructed City Hall that housed the unified departments.