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(Daily Mail)   Britain's oldest lightbulb has been shining for 130 years. Take me out tonight, where there's music and there's people and they're young and alive. Driving in your car, I never never want to go home, because I haven't got one. Anymore   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 67
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2013-02-10 02:15:20 PM  
Great. Now I'll have nightmares about double-decker busses.
 
2013-02-10 02:59:32 PM  
To read that headline, well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine.
 
2013-02-10 03:48:57 PM  
In my life, oh why do I give valuable time to submitters who don't care if I live a hard life?
 
2013-02-10 04:30:07 PM  
All those songs are about dudes.

/nttawwt
 
2013-02-10 05:00:10 PM  
Chances are they've been replacing the bulb every few years....
 
2013-02-10 05:10:25 PM  
Oh yeah....great song...I think it was called "There is a Darkness That Eternally Waits."
 
2013-02-10 06:31:16 PM  
That is genuinely neat.  A shining example of how craftsmanship trumps disposablity.
 
2013-02-10 06:35:55 PM  
Byron the Bulb Lives!
 
2013-02-10 06:36:10 PM  
bullshiat, she's got a box of these in the cellar
 
2013-02-10 06:37:28 PM  
Was certain nobody would get the headline.

I was way wrong.

/My second favorite song ever.
 
2013-02-10 06:38:08 PM  
Top Ten Things Overheard in a General Electric Research Lab

"The new guy develped a new long-lasting, inexpensive filament. Kill him."

/The squid is no longer responding to the mind control! AAIIEEEEEE!
 
2013-02-10 06:41:05 PM  
Looks like a pretty dim bulb, yet she complains about compact fluorescents not giving off enough light. (Because it's the Daily Fail and it wouldn't be complete without a political statement.)
 
2013-02-10 06:45:11 PM  
Is it one of those newfangled Lodygins?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-10 06:46:10 PM  
Byron?
 
2013-02-10 06:47:31 PM  

BumpInTheNight: That is genuinely neat.  A shining example of how craftsmanship trumps disposablity.


not really.  light bulbs that "never" burn out aren't hard to make.  They just burn a *LOT* more electricity to produce a *LOT* less visible light.
 
2013-02-10 06:50:39 PM  
This will be burning long after people visit us by passing through the cemetery gates. After the queen is dead even. J
 
2013-02-10 06:51:41 PM  
in the old Dizzy Beauty and the Beast, Luminaire was voiced by Lennie Brisco of Law & Order (Jerry Orbach)
media.giantbomb.com
 
2013-02-10 06:53:48 PM  
Note that this isn't the oldest continuously lit bulb.  This is just a really old bulb the lady has that she turns on every now and then.  Whoopty-doo.

The oldest one that is still in regular use is at a firestation in california.  It's really dim, low wattage and on its own filtered power source.  They did make bulbs differently back then - really thick filaments, pretty wasteful and inefficient.
 
2013-02-10 06:53:50 PM  
Subby has painted quite a vulgar picture.
 
2013-02-10 06:58:12 PM  
Shine on you crazy lightbulb.
 
2013-02-10 06:58:31 PM  

fusillade762: Top Ten Things Overheard in a General Electric Research Lab

"The new guy develped a new long-lasting, inexpensive filament. Kill him."

/The squid is no longer responding to the mind control! AAIIEEEEEE!


Making a long-lasting incandescent filament was always easy. All the earliest bulbs had long-lasting filaments.  The issue was that they were very dim. To make them brighter required upping the wattage which made the filaments burn hotter and brighter, but also reduced their lifespan. When dealing with incandescent bulbs there was, and still isn't, a practical way around this simple physical fact.  Once they got over their initial awe of electric lights, consumers started demanding brighter lights and they wanted them to be cheap, so manufacturers provided them with bright lights that were also dirt cheap, but at the cost of bulbs that could no longer last for a hundred years.

/listened to a podcast about this
 
2013-02-10 06:59:17 PM  

whyaduck: Great. Now I'll have nightmares about double-decker busses.


And ten ton trucks...
 
2013-02-10 07:00:12 PM  
In the darkened underpass I thought, "Oh God, my chance has come at last." But then a strange fear gripped me and I just could ask who subby was.
 
2013-02-10 07:01:13 PM  
couldn't.  Couldn't ask.

I fail at previewing.
 
2013-02-10 07:06:17 PM  

RodneyToady: To read that headline, well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine.


LOL
 
2013-02-10 07:07:16 PM  

capt.hollister: fusillade762: Top Ten Things Overheard in a General Electric Research Lab

"The new guy develped a new long-lasting, inexpensive filament. Kill him."

/The squid is no longer responding to the mind control! AAIIEEEEEE!

Making a long-lasting incandescent filament was always easy. All the earliest bulbs had long-lasting filaments.  The issue was that they were very dim. To make them brighter required upping the wattage which made the filaments burn hotter and brighter, but also reduced their lifespan. When dealing with incandescent bulbs there was, and still isn't, a practical way around this simple physical fact.  Once they got over their initial awe of electric lights, consumers started demanding brighter lights and they wanted them to be cheap, so manufacturers provided them with bright lights that were also dirt cheap, but at the cost of bulbs that could no longer last for a hundred years.

/listened to a podcast about this



I'm not sure what anyone used those early 4 watt carbon bulbs for.  They'd barely be enough to read by at night.
 
2013-02-10 07:10:55 PM  

eliz1bef: Couldn't ask.


Ask me, I won't say no. How could I?

p.s. now that is a headline.
 
2013-02-10 07:15:11 PM  

BumpInTheNight: That is genuinely neat.  A shining example of how craftsmanship trumps disposablity.


My workhorse scope

www.jvanschaikconsultancy.nl
 
2013-02-10 07:16:42 PM  
 
2013-02-10 07:23:28 PM  

capt.hollister: Making a long-lasting incandescent filament was always easy. All the earliest bulbs had long-lasting filaments. The issue was that they were very dim. To make them brighter required upping the wattage which made the filaments burn hotter and brighter, but also reduced their lifespan. When dealing with incandescent bulbs there was, and still isn't, a practical way around this simple physical fact. Once they got over their initial awe of electric lights, consumers started demanding brighter lights and they wanted them to be cheap, so manufacturers provided them with bright lights that were also dirt cheap, but at the cost of bulbs that could no longer last for a hundred years.


Yup.  When my family moved to Canada from Europe, they brought along an ugly chandelier that used small 220V light bulbs.
On 120V, they just glow a pleasant mellow orange.  Those same bulbs are still running today, 40 years later.
They'll likely outlive me.
 
2013-02-10 07:27:03 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: BumpInTheNight: That is genuinely neat.  A shining example of how craftsmanship trumps disposablity.

My workhorse scope

[www.jvanschaikconsultancy.nl image 600x740]


Some of your knobs fell off.  For some reason I just wanted to say that.
 
2013-02-10 07:28:06 PM  

Somacandra: Oh yeah....great song...I think it was called "There is a Darkness That Eternally Waits."


Tremendous.  I enjoyed the thread about Morrissey's hospitalization more, but who can turn down a reference like this?
 
2013-02-10 07:28:44 PM  

Lobster_of_Hate: Was certain nobody would get the headline.

I was way wrong.

/My second favorite song ever.


Really?  Nobody?  I'm a charter member of the group of straight guys worldwide who love The Smiths but aren't emo.

/I'm sure someone's got a snappier name
 
2013-02-10 07:33:50 PM  
But does it have it's own webcam?

http://www.centennialbulb.org/photos.htm

www.centennialbulb.org
 
2013-02-10 07:33:58 PM  

jimmyego: Quantum Apostrophe: BumpInTheNight: That is genuinely neat.  A shining example of how craftsmanship trumps disposablity.

My workhorse scope

[www.jvanschaikconsultancy.nl image 600x740]

Some of your knobs fell off.  For some reason I just wanted to say that.


LOL, that's not really my scope, but yeah, those little things fall off, but they're not essential. I guess I could 3D print some new ones.
/Head explodes
 
2013-02-10 07:39:49 PM  

Certainly You Jest: Really? Nobody? I'm a charter member of the group of straight guys worldwide who love The Smiths but aren't emo.


I didn't get into Moz/The Smiths until college (right around Vauxhall and I), but he's become one of my favorites.  Been to a couple of concerts, too.

Didn't realize until just now that my favorite artists are all English/quasi-English, but have no other commonality.  Morrissey, Richard D. James/Aphex Twin, and Robert Fripp/King Crimson.  The weirdest part is if they were all seated together at a table, James and Fripp would probably have the most in common, music-wise.  Though Morrissey and Fripp would find common ground in their hatred of record labels.
 
2013-02-10 07:44:31 PM  
Can some FARKer explain to me what makes this bulb so special versus others?
 
2013-02-10 07:45:07 PM  

RodneyToady: Certainly You Jest: Really? Nobody? I'm a charter member of the group of straight guys worldwide who love The Smiths but aren't emo.

I didn't get into Moz/The Smiths until college (right around Vauxhall and I), but he's become one of my favorites.  Been to a couple of concerts, too.

Didn't realize until just now that my favorite artists are all English/quasi-English, but have no other commonality.  Morrissey, Richard D. James/Aphex Twin, and Robert Fripp/King Crimson.  The weirdest part is if they were all seated together at a table, James and Fripp would probably have the most in common, music-wise.  Though Morrissey and Fripp would find common ground in their hatred of record labels.


I'm an anglophile music-wise as well. Aphex Twin, Orbital, New Order, Blur, etc.

Actually met Richard James when I was in London many years ago.
 
2013-02-10 07:45:40 PM  

fusillade762: I'm an anglophile music-wise as well. Aphex Twin, Orbital, New Order, Blur, etc.

Actually met Richard James when I was in London many years ago.


Yes, but have you managed to nail YYZ Yet?
 
2013-02-10 07:46:41 PM  
Shenanigans.  Shining brightly during WWII?  I doubt it.  130 years old?  Fine.  That's about it though.
 
2013-02-10 07:54:15 PM  
This may be the oldest light bulb in existence, but that's because it's only been lit once in a  while.

But to see a bulb that's been in continuous use, the Centenial Light Bulb is still going strong.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centennial_Light

upload.wikimedia.org

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
 
2013-02-10 07:55:46 PM  

capt.hollister: fusillade762: Top Ten Things Overheard in a General Electric Research Lab

"The new guy develped a new long-lasting, inexpensive filament. Kill him."

/The squid is no longer responding to the mind control! AAIIEEEEEE!

Making a long-lasting incandescent filament was always easy. All the earliest bulbs had long-lasting filaments.  The issue was that they were very dim. To make them brighter required upping the wattage which made the filaments burn hotter and brighter, but also reduced their lifespan. When dealing with incandescent bulbs there was, and still isn't, a practical way around this simple physical fact.  Once they got over their initial awe of electric lights, consumers started demanding brighter lights and they wanted them to be cheap, so manufacturers provided them with bright lights that were also dirt cheap, but at the cost of bulbs that could no longer last for a hundred years.

/listened to a podcast about this


No kidding These people who cry about not making them as good anymore need to go see one of those old bulbs. They are dim, low temperature (which means the spectrum isn't as nice) and even more wasteful than normal incandescents. There's a reason they stopped being made. You want a good long lasting light? Get an LED. You'll get somewhere in the realm of 25,000-30,000 hours until it is about 70% brightness, and it'll continue working long after that if need be. On-off cycles don't affect life (as it does with incandescents). Oh and they are efficient and look good too, unlike old ass carbon incandescents.

Really people, it isn't a conspiracy, it is just engineering.
 
2013-02-10 07:59:28 PM  

LonMead: "I'm your only friend
I'm not your only friend
But I'm a little glowing friend
But really I'm not actually your friend
But I am..."


I was thinking more:

In the topmost tower
A light burns dim
A coiling filament
Glowing within
The Edison Museum
Once a bustling factory
Today is but a dark and cobweb-covered hive of industry
The tallest, widest, and most famous haunted mansion in New Jersey.
 
2013-02-10 08:02:21 PM  

sycraft: Really people, it isn't a conspiracy, it is just engineering.


And rather fascinating too.

physicsed.buffalostate.edu/pubs/TPT/TPTDec99Filament.pdf
 
2013-02-10 08:07:41 PM  
For there are brighter sides to life and I should know because I've seen them, but not very often.

/headline was pure win, <b>smithsmitter</b>
 
2013-02-10 08:12:14 PM  

Somacandra: Oh yeah....great song...I think it was called "There is a Darkness That Eternally Waits."


I thought that was the Lovecraft cover.
 
2013-02-10 08:22:20 PM  
I finally broke down and got 5 LED bulbs to fill my apartment.

/Hopefully these last me 20 years.
 
2013-02-10 08:37:04 PM  
Came for the lightbulb webcam, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-02-10 08:44:14 PM  
They sure don't make them like they used to.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-10 08:45:43 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: My workhorse scope


And it keeps the workshop nice and toasty, too.
 
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