100-Year-Old Lightbulb Unearthed From Time Capsule Still Works
Dan Nosowitz
at 05:55 AM Mar 29 2012
100-Year-Old Lightbulb Unearthed From Time Capsule Still Works
Century-Old Lightbulb
GE
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Modern lightbulbs may be getting slightly more environmentally conscious (or at least having unexpected things stuffed into them), but it's still equal parts impressive and depressing that a 100-year-old lightbulb discovered by GE in a time capsule still works perfectly well when plugged into a circa-2012 socket. This one's a tungsten filament bulb, which was slowly brought up to 60 volts (plugging it into a regular 120-volt socket would probably not have been good) and gave off a healthy, century-old glow. Somehow though, we bet people in 1912 would have expected 2012 to be lit by something like bacteria, not a slightly brighter and rounder version of their own bulb. Video after the jump.



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