If you have ever wondered where the world's longest burning light bulb resides, you need not wonder any longer. The Centennial Light Bulb is the longest burning light bulb with a record of burning continuously for 113 years straight! It serves its purpose daily, providing light for the Firefighters of Livermore, California's Fire Station #6. From the moment that this fascinating bulb was screwed in 1901 from now in 2014, it has shone brilliantly without fail. The Centennial Light Bulb has been awarded a place in The Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, and General Electric. It has even debuted in episode 69 of the hit television show, Mythbusters.
Dennis Bernal of the Livermore Power and Water Co. bought a
Shelby light bulb sometime in the 1890’s. Upon the closing of his company he
decided to donate the light bulb to the fire house. The fire house used the
bulb continuously, leaving it lit without turning it off. It was used to
illuminate the area so the firefighters would be able to see their equipment in
The light bulb has remained lit, with the exception of power
outages, since first being screwed in, in 1901. The idea that this bulb was a phenomenon
came when a Livermore fire marshal informed the paper of this light bulb’s feat
of glowing for decades. It was first declared
the longest shining light bulb in 1972 by the Guinness Book of World Records, replacing what was thought to be
the world’s longest working light bulb from the Palace Theater. After being exposed the bulb began gaining much worldly
attention. It has since been shown in Ripley's Believe It or Not!,
and General Electric. It has even debuted in episode 69 of the hit
television show, Mythbusters.
Today the light bulb has remained lit for 113 years
straight! It has even outlived firefighters it serviced. It really has lived up
to its nicknames of the centennial light bulb and the eternal light. On June 8th
of every year, there is a birthday party thrown this incredible bulb. There is
a camera placed on the bulb to verify that it is continuously burning. The light
bulb has even outlived 3 cameras that were used to monitor it. This bulb has
puzzled people for many years now and continues to puzzle them the longer that
it shines. Although originally being a 30 watt bulb and being reduced now to
only a 4 watt it has truly been a marvel to experience.