Saturday, July 23, 2016

THE L.E.D. QUANDARY: WHY THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS “BUILT TO LAST”


A light bulb at a fire station in Livermore, California, has been on almost continuously since 1901. In 2015 it was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s longest-burning bulb. PHOTOGRAPH BY DICK JONES / EPA

"The light bulb that has brightened the fire-department garage in Livermore, California, for the past hundred and fifteen years will not burn out. Instead, it will “expire.” When it does, it certainly won’t be thrown out. It will be “laid to rest.”

“You have to use the correct terminology,” Tom Bramell, a retired deputy fire chief who has become the Livermore light’s leading historian, told me. The bulb has been on almost continuously since 1901, he said; in 2015, it surpassed a million hours in service, making it, according to Guinness World Records, the longest-burning in the world."


The Lightbulb Conspiracy

newyorker.com

Via: John Adams

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