Will Nicholes

Fun with Electricity

Centennial light

You may have heard that California and other jurisdictions are considering banning incandescent light bulbs. One such law, titled the “How Many Legislators Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb Act” (yes, really) would require most lightbulbs sold to be of the compact fluorescent variety starting in 2012.

One California lightbulb that is unlikely to be affected by this law is the centennial light. This small incandescent light bulb, installed in a fire department of Livermore, California, has been burning continuously (except for a couple of brief interruptions) for over 106 years.

Centennial bulb

You can see it via a live web-cam. The bulb has already outlasted the first camera, and this web-cam is (at least) the second one installed to monitor this exceptional bulb.

You can even read a children’s book based on the Centennial Light, or become a fan of the bulb on Facebook.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) vs Illuminated Light Switches

The new compact fluorescent bulbs do save a lot of energy, but one of the downsides to them is that they often don’t get along with others. Dimmer switches are especially incompatible with most CFL models, and as I learned recently, illuminated light switches can be a problem too.

You can read the details of why illuminated switches and compact fluorescents don’t get along well here.


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