GE opens Edison Era Time Capsule, turns on century-old light bulb
Does a light bulb that has been in a time capsule for the past 100 years still work? GE employees at NELA Park in East Cleveland, Ohio, found out: Yes! After cleaning off one of the light bulbs, screwed it into a socket — a light came on! (no puns, please). The light bulb fired up with 60 volts, slowing increasing the voltage up to 60, and emitted a soft glow.
“It’s a remarkable testament to the craftsmanship and quality of GE products that one of the tungsten filament lamps buried for 100 years showed signs of life,” said Maryrose Sylvester, president and CEO of GE Lighting.
The employees, however, were not about to fire up the bulb under full voltage — thankfully, too. It is a wonderful view to look at what changed so many lives, among technology itself.
“The capsule hid for 100 years inside a cornerstone of a NELA building. Other items in the container and an accompanying led box included a daily newspaper, pamphlets, pins and photos.” GE said on its website.