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Hole in a Bulb

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Yesterday at work I had a pretty weird experience. I was unscrewing a light bulb that wasn’t working any more so I could replace it. As I unscrewed it, I saw a small bolt of light shoot from the filament to the glass that made up the bulb. Right then I felt that the bulb was very hot, but just on my thumb. Naturally I pulled away and looked at my thumb. There was a little white spot on it that I tried to brush off, but it wouldn’t come off. I realized that it was a tiny burn mark caused by the last effort bolt of light from the bulb. I felt the bulb and it wasn’t hot at all, so the heat I felt was just that bolt hitting my thumb.

After I was done swapping out the lights in that area, I looked at that bulb again. The glass was darker than all the other bulbs of its type, and there was also a hole in it! The hole was the same size as my burn mark. So when that bolt shot to the glass, it actually went right through it and got my thumb. Crazy stuff. I didn’t feel any electricity go through me, just that quick singe. Here’s a picture of the bulb, click it for a bigger view ay.

Hole in a Bulb

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