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#a306 :: Christmas tree bulb

December 16, 2008

ENLARGEIn the course of bedecking the sacrificial conifer with lights and baubles, stuff gets broken.

We destroyed three glass balls this evening – fortunately none of them hand-made nor “special.”

This was the other casualty – my son went to pull a light from the string to attach a lighted ornament (a Star Trek shuttle that someone gave us years ago) and inadvertently yanked the bulb straight out of its base.

Stripped of context, it’s a beautiful specimen – the very core of the incandescent lighting engineer’s art – a bubble of glass extruded around two wires holding a tungsten filament taut in a vacuum.

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