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Light bulb filaments glow rather than burn because of the lack of oxygen within the vacuum of the bulb. Over time, the heating and contracting of the filament and the glass surrounding it creates a leak in the base of the bulb causing the vacuum to be lost and allowing oxygen to enter the bulb. It is during the contracting phase, which happens as the bulb cools after being turned off, that eventually the seal is lost. When this happens, oxygen is allowed to enter and the next time the bulb is turned on, the filament, now exposed to the oxygen, burns out.

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