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Oldest lightbulb still burns bright after 110 years!!

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posted on Jun, 15 2011 @ 06:58 PM
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Thought this one was pretty cool guys!

I have purchased tonnes of lightbulbs in my lifetime .. but all of mine are dead after 2-3 years!

Wow! I wonder if things are built to break these days?!?!?!




posted on Jun, 15 2011 @ 07:04 PM
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This was featured on tonights Mythbusters. Apparently it still works because of the size of the filiment.



posted on Jun, 15 2011 @ 07:09 PM
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wow cool.. i missed that episode. I just found it on the web this morning.

So they think its the fillament then eh? I guess its thicker and more robust to high temps then. Amazing i thought.



posted on Jun, 15 2011 @ 07:16 PM
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Which is exactly one of the main reasons they made it thinner, so that we have to consume more of their products.



posted on Jun, 15 2011 @ 07:24 PM
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Agreed juleol,

I remember watching these vids a while back from "the story of stuff" and it was pretty amazing to watch what was happening with our consumables before, during and after creation.. very worrying!

The story of stuff

Cheers for posting!



posted on Jun, 15 2011 @ 07:34 PM
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Originally posted by TheLordVeack
This was featured on tonights Mythbusters. Apparently it still works because of the size of the filiment.


And the fact that it has never been turned off. (except a few outages I believe) No heating and cooling to weaken the filament.

I'm 47 now and I remember this when I was 10 yrs old. They reported on it back then as well.

Still burning bright!


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posted on Jun, 15 2011 @ 07:38 PM
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WOW! I didnt realise that this had been reported on before.. however .. it does make sense as 110 years is pretty extreme. One should have assumed that there was a previous story made at the 100 year mark I spose.

I wonder if I can pull up any of the old articles about this too!

Cheers mate!



posted on Jun, 15 2011 @ 07:53 PM
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Originally posted by w3nd1g0
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Thought this one was pretty cool guys!

I have purchased tonnes of lightbulbs in my lifetime .. but all of mine are dead after 2-3 years!

Wow! I wonder if things are built to break these days?!?!?!


I had an old Sylvania light bulb for 40 years and one day during a storm, it knocked the light out. It was 189 watts I had found it in the attic of an old house we were living in when my children were young. And believe me I cried when it died. I actually thought it never would.
I had dropped it once and it still would light up!
My Mom said..What did you expect when you burn it every day.? Well.. light bulb immortality ,,,maybe?



posted on Jun, 15 2011 @ 07:54 PM
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It's called planned obsolecense . The purposefully make products that fail in. A certain amount of time, so you must buy more , instead of making a product that will last.

Greed at it's finest. Let's all take a minute and thing of all the products we buy that are made to be replaced......



posted on Jun, 15 2011 @ 07:55 PM
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Originally posted by w3nd1g0
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WOW! I didnt realise that this had been reported on before.. however .. it does make sense as 110 years is pretty extreme. One should have assumed that there was a previous story made at the 100 year mark I spose.

I wonder if I can pull up any of the old articles about this too!

Cheers mate!


I believe back then it would have been a newspaper or a science mag.

GL



posted on Jun, 16 2011 @ 07:13 AM
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Which is exactly one of the main reasons they made it thinner, so that we have to consume more of their products.
That may be one reason. But I bought some "longer life lightbulbs" by mail order that have thicker filaments, and they do last longer, but they don't put out as much light. Apparently the thinner filament also burns more brightly with the same amount of electricity, which kind of makes sense if you think about it. The 110 year old lightbulb doesn't look all that bright.

Now that LEDs are coming of age, I wonder if 110 years from now people will marvel at how many LEDs are still going after 110 years...or not.



posted on Jun, 16 2011 @ 04:16 PM
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Awesome little light bulb, it keeps on shining
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