What it takes to screw in a light bulb at the Capitol

Thursday, September 20, 2018

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The first light bulb in the California State Capitol was installed in July of 1895. Today, thousands of light bulbs illuminate the historic building, and changing them is a big job.

Inside the historic building, 128 bulbs light up the inner dome. And when one burns out, electrician Eugene Adame is there to change it.

"I've been working at the Capitol for about seven years," said Adame. "Heights don't bother me."

From the floor to ceiling, the bulbs are more than 100 feet off the ground. To get make the change, Adame takes the elevator up four floors, then climbs a maze of stairs to the outer dome balcony.

"The view is pretty good up there," Adame said.