Lightbulb

December 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Tonight I photographed a lightbulb burning out. To make it burn like this, I carefully drilled a hole in the base, and let the outside air in. (Lightbulbs are usually filled with an inert gas.) When you turn it on in the presence of oxygen, you have the ingredients for a small flame inside the bulb as the tungsten burns. This happens very quickly, so you have to be ready. You can find the full set here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjNtxfw6

LK_20131203_0028-smLK_20131203_0028-smThe burning filament in a lightbulb. A hole was drilled in the bulb to let the air in to let the filament burn in a few seconds.


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