The Great Light Bulb Conspiracy

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In a dim corner of Fire Station #6 in Livermore, California hangs a truly extraordinary object…a lightbulb. But this is no ordinary lightbulb. First installed in 1901, it has been burning almost continuously ever since, having only been switched off a handful of times in nearly 120 years. The
Livermore Centennial Bulb has become something of a local celebrity, with the city throwing it a
birthday party in 2001 attended by over 1000 people…


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and Incandescent Lamp Markets, December 1998: