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…

Sources:

Dannoritzer, Cosima (dir.) Pret-a-Jeter / The Light Bulb Conspiracy ARTE/Article Z 2010:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzJI8gfpu5Y

Krajewski, Markus, The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy, IEEE Spectrum, September 24, 2014:
https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-history/dawn-of-electronics/the-great-lightbulb-conspiracy

Livermore, California’s Centennial Light: https://www.centennialbulb.org

Report on the Supply of Electric Lamps, The Monopolies and Restrictive Practices Commission,
1948: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/
attachment_data/file/235313/0287.pdf

MacKinnon, J.B, The L.E.D Quandary: Why There’s No Such Thing as “Built to Last”, The New Yorker, July 14, 2016

Gaughen, Patrick, Structural Inefficiency in the Early Twentieth Century: Studies in the Aluminum
and Incandescent Lamp Markets, December 1998: https://web.archive.org/web/20050204082354/
http://www.andover.edu/aep/papers/610/pgaughen98.pdf