Centennial Light Bulb

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jrohrer1957
Walnut Creek, CA10 contributions
I was very impressed by this amazing light bulb...Yes it's just a light bulb, but its truly a sight to see and appreciate.
We went there for Memorial day weekend and the fireman we spoke to was very nice and took his time answering our questions. If you have the time you should go see this incredible work of art... American Made!!
Written September 9, 2019
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dayv
Lodi, CA14 contributions
Business
I knew a firefighter at this station and he had told me about it a few years ago. I was attending an event nearby and decided to stop by to see it. It’s a lightbulb. It’s an old lightbulb. It’s still on. This isn’t something I would go too far out of my way to visit, but if you’re nearby, it’s worth the few minutes to be able to say you’ve seen it.
Written May 8, 2018
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Jeff M
Las Vegas, NV1,231 contributions
Family
Yeah it may just be a light bulb but it has been on since 1901 which is two years before the Wright Brothers first flight!!! Totally amazing. They have a guest book and people from ALL over the world have stopped to see it. They also very reasonably priced items - shirts etc if you like. Two fireman were back from a call so it added to the overall experience. In the Guiness Book of Records. Take 10 minutes and see it.
Written July 26, 2016
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jetland
Livermore, CA51 contributions
Family
If you're in the area, definitely worth a visit for nothing else than it's a unique and in the Guinness book of Records. When we went, the fire station was open but nobody around, so we peeked in, saw the bulb, took a photo and on our way in 5 mins. Would be nice to have a more elaborate and descriptive display around this historic bulb.
Written April 10, 2017
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Pauline T
Livermore, CA88 contributions
Couples
Located in a fire station on East Avenue is the historic Livermore lightbulb that has burned for 115 years. A friend who lives in England asked if Livermore REALLY has a bulb that old because it was a fun fact written on the back of a chips package over there. We lived here many years before going to see the bulb. It's just an old lightbulb hanging high but it's history! You simply knock on the door of the fire station and they will let you in, answer all the questions patiently and even let you look at the engines or trucks in the bay. The time line is interesting and our out of town visitors have actually enjoyed it and talked about it after they left. I mean, how many cities have a 115 light bulb still burning? ONE. Local or visiting--it's just a fun oddity to see.
Written May 19, 2016
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TravisGood
Coronado, CA47 contributions
Solo
Don't go expecting to be blown away by the bulb. Seeing it is special for what it stands for. Short-lived bulb obsolescence doesn't have to be, it was designed in to generate periodic light replacement revenue. This bulb was from before the industry-standard life was implemented and is proof that bulbs can be made that last decades ... and occasionally last for a century! Worth a stop to see it just to make the point.
Written January 25, 2016
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robertdS7993NC
United States32 contributions
Friends
Longest burning bulb anywhere. Located in a Fire Station. Check out the 'bulb cam' for an online experience. The bulb can be seen live by searching for Centennial Light Bulb.
Written March 18, 2018
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TBearyj
Livermore, CA92 contributions
It is just a light bulb, but it is also a piece of history. Holds an unexplainable fascination. People come from around the world to check out this light bulb! At the Fire Station, so if someone is there, they're happy to show it to you. But if out on a call, you'll have to wait. No scheduling a visit, generally.
Written January 4, 2017
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Troy W
Livermore, CA231 contributions
The Centennial Light Bulb is a cute little part of Livermore history. It's an old fashioned bulb that has burned for over 100 years. It could burn for 100 more because it is a 220 watt bulb on a 110 electrical line.. The idea of a single bulb burning for so long is a cute story to tell the kids, and if you have time a worthwhile stop. I wouldn't recommend making a special trip just to see it.
Written February 1, 2016
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fgwbita
Livermore, CA130 contributions
Friends
There is not a lot to do at the firehouse, as it is operational. But the idea of seeing a lightbulb that has been burning continuously for over a hundred years is unique. There is a nice park in the area, so make this part of your day.
Written June 22, 2015
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