Welcome to the homepage of the Centennial Bulb, the
Longest burning Light Bulb in history. Now in its 114th year
of illumination. For those of you coming here for the first time,
feel free to explore the pages of our amazing little bulb, with
pictures, stories, facts, and history.
During 2014 several film crews stopped by to film our bulb
for documentaries and movies. Dick Jones was on hand for a few
of these and you can see the behind the scenes shots he took
if you follow these links.
At last an answer to the most often asked question about
the Bulb!(Next to why is it still burning). The question being,
how much did the Bulb cost when it was sold? You can find the
answer by following this link to an advertisement page I aquired
of the Lockwood, Luetkemeyer, and
Henry Co Catalog.
At the beginning of 2014; Livermore has officially taken
the Bulb under it's wing, and plans are under way to create a
new display under the Bulb, and on the wall, a new look at the
Bulbcam, and a re-invention of this website. Stay tuned for lots
Also, Sandia National Labs California has accepted our
request to analyze a 30W Shelby Bulb, (same vintage as the Centennial
Bulb), to understand it's durability. Supervisor Neville Moody
Ph.D FASM FMRS Manager Energy Nanomaterials, had his first meeting
with several of the top scientists in his department. They layed
out a plan of attack to analyze our light bulb. The first test,
suggested by Tom Settersten, is to use a telsa coil to induce
emission and a spectrometer to conduct elemental analysis. We
will keep you updated and hope to have pictures of the progress
The Bulb is Still Alive! After being Off for over 10 hours on the morning of May 20, 2013, Retired Asst. Chief Tom Bramell called the Station Captain and bypassed the UPS generator, and it Worked! See some pictures of the Bulb off on the Bulbcam page.
To see the story by Juliette Goodrich, go to World's Longest Running Lightbulb Goes Out In Livermore.
With a heavy heart I must report the passing of Huell Howser. He really was a gentle and kind man
who brought fun and excitement into our lives with his truely unique perspective. As part of his legacy
he donated all of his episodes to be put online free of charge at Chapman University. You can see his
Centennial Bulb episode with the late Lynn Owens at Episode 11002.
The webmaster of the committee stopped by the museum, at NFWHS, in Fort Worth, Texas, to see the
famous Palace Bulb, and it's committee!!! Please follow this link to see pictures.
Chris Leps has copies of the movie Century of Light available at createspace.com!!
But more importantly he has a new movie in production named Wholehearted.
Our intrepid photographer Dick Jones has just made his first book named Aerial Photography,
and is in the process of making another based on his mothers poetry, soon to be released.
Juliett Goodrich has also released a new children's book named I Am Special Because I Smile,
which is about the Special Olympics.
A new unique Shelby Light Bulb was found sealed in a wall
of Adolph Chailett's home in Shelby, Ohio!!!
Please follow this link to
Tom Clabaugh's page,
A light from our distant past.
Or go to the articles page to read the Shelby Globe,
as donated by Tom Sutter, an old Shaaggy Shelbian.