UPDATE ~ Lightbulb Lit For A Million Hours!

Can you believe it? One million hours, wow!

On March 2, 2009, when blogging was still fairly new to me, I wrote a post entitled,  A Light That Still Shines. If you click the title, a link will take you to that post. The post happened to make Randy Seaver's list that week of best posts. 

Photo by Cheryl Palmer, February 27, 2009, Livermore, California.

On May 22. 2013 I wrote another post about the Livermore, Ca. lightbulb and that post is linked also in the title: The Centennial Light Bulb.

Last Saturday, June 26, 2015, The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department hosted an event to celebrate the "first million hours of service of the Livermore Centennial Light Bulb." 

I was hoping to attend the celebration that was "family friendly," but unfortunately I wasn't available to attend, and bummed that I couldn't see the event or update my photos. 
The celebration included:

"vintage and antique fire apparatus, history mobile, fire safety house, displays, music, books and T-Shirts, and a BBQ hosted by the LPFD Firefighter Foundation."

The light bulb has been burning since 1901 and has been recognized by Guiness Book Of World Records and Ripley's Believe It Or Not. You can actually watch the bulb on webcam at

I hope you enjoyed the first two articles about this lightbulb as they explain more about the history. It is still hard to believe a lightbulb being lit for a million hours... and I have seen it! 

Don't you think this bulb is amazing? Maybe we should all take a guess on how long we think the light will stay lit? Feel free, pick a date you think the light will go out, and post it in the comments below. I will post my guess in about a week, how about you, what date do you pick?

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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  1. How cool Cheryl! It's amazing that this light bulb has lasted for such a long time.


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