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How to Dispose of Incandescent Light Bulbs

Incandescent light bulbs are used in a number of lighting fixtures including lamps, outdoor flood lights and bathroom vanity lights. Like other light bulbs, incandescent bulbs burn out eventually and have to be replaced. You don't want to just toss the burned out bulb into a trash can or other waste container. You need to properly dispose of the incandescent light bulb so it won't injury anyone.

Unscrew the burned out incandescent light bulb from the light fixture.

Wrap the bulb in a sheet of newspaper.

Place the wrapped bulb in a plastic bag.

Tie the top closed on the bag.

Place the plastic bag in your trash can or other trash container.

Advantages Of Incandescent Light Bulbs

The light bulb has a history that spans nearly 150 years, and until fairly recently, the incandescent bulb was the only type available. Contemporary bulbs, such as the compact fluorescent (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) -- which have been on the scene only since the early 1990s -- can provide as much light as an incandescent while consuming as little as 80 percent less electricity. The U.S. Department of Energy lists three general categories of incandescents: Standard A-19 Bulbs: Standard-sized bulbs may be pear-shaped or round, and they employ the E-26 screw base used by Edison. Here are some of the reasons people opt to ignore the energy savings and use incandescent bulbs anyway: Cost: Incandescents are inexpensive to manufacture and are usually the cheapest option at the hardware store or supermarket. Light Quality: Incandescents offer reliable, even lighting without flickering. The same isn't true of CFLs, which contain mercury, or sodium lamps that can explode when exposed to air. Sometimes, an incandescent is your only choice. Even if that doesn't happen, the chances are good that they will continue to be an option for consumers for the foreseeable future.

Advantages Of Incandescent Light Bulbs

The light bulb has a history that spans nearly 150 years, and until fairly recently, the incandescent bulb was the only type available. Contemporary bulbs, such as the compact fluorescent (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) -- which have been on the scene only since the early 1990s -- can provide as much light as an incandescent while consuming as little as 80 percent less electricity. The U.S. Department of Energy lists three general categories of incandescents: Standard A-19 Bulbs: Standard-sized bulbs may be pear-shaped or round, and they employ the E-26 screw base used by Edison. Here are some of the reasons people opt to ignore the energy savings and use incandescent bulbs anyway: Cost: Incandescents are inexpensive to manufacture and are usually the cheapest option at the hardware store or supermarket. Light Quality: Incandescents offer reliable, even lighting without flickering. The same isn't true of CFLs, which contain mercury, or sodium lamps that can explode when exposed to air. Sometimes, an incandescent is your only choice. Even if that doesn't happen, the chances are good that they will continue to be an option for consumers for the foreseeable future.

Tip

If the light bulb has just burned out, wait until it has cooled before removing it from the light fixture.

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