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What’s the best way to dispose of your light bulbs?

Due to their extra life expectancy, environmental benefits, ability to save energy and the fact that they are now dropping considerably in price, it’s no surprise that more and more people are deciding to replace their more conventional light bulbs with LED lamps.

And although we may like to think we are being more ‘green’ by using LED bulbs, ironically, replacing existing lighting for a more cost efficient and eco-friendly option can actually create something of an environmental headache in itself.

Such as, what to do with those old light bulbs?

So whatever your reason for choosing to convert to LEDs you will need to know just what you can recycle, what you can’t and where you need to go.

Here’s a look at the options available when it comes to disposing of your old light bulbs.

Incandescent Bulbs

Once the most common light bulbs for home use these bulbs are made with a thin metal filament that is illuminated by electricity. The bulbs are usually a vacuum or filled with an inert gas. While they may be popular, incandescent bulbs are not energy efficient as all the energy put into these bulbs is transferred into heat, rather than light. Unfortunately, most cities do not accept incandescent light bulbs at their recycling facilities and since they don’t contain any toxic materials, you are advised to simply throw your burnt-out bulbs into the rubbish bin. However, you may want to put the bulbs into their original packaging or wrap them in newspaper before throwing them away, so the glass won’t shatter and hurt someone.

Halogen Bulbs

Basically, halogen lights are just another variation of incandescent bulbs. Like incandescent bulbs, they are lit by a filament, which is in a tube with halogen gas. Though slightly more efficient than standard incandescent bulbs, the savings aren’t huge by any means. Like incandescent bulbs, there aren’t many recycling opportunities for halogen bulbs. But as they don’t tend to contain any toxic materials, they can also be disposed of in a regular rubbish bin. 

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)

Due to their relatively affordable price and the huge amount of energy they save these bulbs have become extremely popular in recent years. Due to the fact they produce very little heat as almost all of the energy is put directly into the light output these bulbs are usually used in place of incandescent. But the drawback is that they tend to contain a small amount of mercury, which is actually a toxin, and means that particular care needs to be taken when disposing of them. Your local recycling centre will usually have a designated area for this type of light bulb and some large retailers, such as Tesco, also offer recycling points where these bulbs can be safely disposed of. Find your nearest recycling centre by clicking here.

Fluorescent Tubes

These are basically compact versions of CFL bulbs, meaning that tubular fluorescent bulbs also contain small amounts of mercury, and need to be disposed of in the same manner as a CFL bulb. So you’re best off taking them to your local recycling facility.

LED Bulbs

As these bulbs are made without a filament, they consume very little power and have a much longer life span than incandescent bulbs or CFL lights. Also, they don’t produce as much heat as an incandescent bulb, and unlike CFLs, they don’t use any dangerous chemicals.  So they can be disposed of in the same way as incandescent or halogen bulbs. But it’s worth remembering that most LED lights are made with materials that are recyclable, so it’s worth checking the package that your bulb came in or even your local recycling facility to see if you can recycle them as there is a good chance you can throw your LED bulb in the recycling once it’s used up – which may be some years in the future due to their incredibly long lifespan.

The future looks bright thanks to charity foundation

What better way to create a sustainable light source than by using something we all throw away every day – plastic bottles?

Myshelter Foundation is a charity set up to promote the use of cheap and sustainable energy and deliver it to those who need it most.

e take it for granted when we flick on a light switch and rarely give a thought about those who are not fortunate enough to enjoy such a luxury, but thanks to this revolutionary system, more and more people in deprived areas around the world will have their lives illuminated; all because of a breakthrough invention.

The system designed by Alfred Moser, creates light by using an old plastic bottle, some water and a little sunlight – known as the “solar bottle bulb.”

Using the powers of refraction, light equivalent to that produced by a 55 watt bulb can be created. It’s powerful enough to light up a home but more than that it’s environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and easy to make.

Thanks to the work of Myshelter Foundation and Liter of Light nearly 30,000 homes in the Philippines have been transformed and the lives of over 70,000 people enhanced.

Their fantastic work hasn’t stopped there, providing lighting solutions for people in Indonesia and India also.

The future looks bright for the foundation and they are currently looking for more volunteers to assist them with their latest challenge – to install 1 million bottle lights around the world by 2015.

Why LED lamps are leading the way when it comes to lighting solutions

LED lights have some convincing benefits in comparison with other traditional and energy-saving sources of lighting, such as: long lifespan, energy efficiency, instant lighting, design flexibility, light dispersion, and low operational voltage; furthermore, frequent switching does not affect their lifetime.

In addition, LEDs are ecologically friendly, ideal for operation under extreme temperatures, and do not produce UV emissions.

However, a major problem with LED lamps is their initial expense. Still, components become cheaper and prices are expected to come down; this constant trend, combined with the growing lifespan expectancy, makes LED lighting a valuable option after the initial outlay.

Simple to apply because LEDs can fit easily into modern electric circuits, they can become the centre of the lighting industry with an array of applications in interior and exterior lighting. Be creative, go green, and opt for LED lamps because they are a cost-effective alternative to traditional lighting that adds beauty, ambiance, value, and a touch of modernity to any space.

LED lighting offers functionality and versatility and can make a world of difference creating a cosy, inviting atmosphere. LED lamps emit much brighter light and come in a variety of colours for a contemporary, unexpected look.

In interior décor, LED lights are a great choice for under-cabinet and plinth lighting, around mirrors, along staircases, within cabinets and drawers, and more. A smart idea is to use dimmable options that provide variability and decorative effects. Recently developed versions of recessed LED spotlights for installing in floors, ceilings, and stairs offer reliability and style. These formats are a perfect solution for accent lighting to highlight artwork, collectibles, and architectural elements.

Easy-to-install, waterproof LED options are available for exterior décor lighting; they add safety, security, elegance, style, and atmosphere to porches, gardens, patios, and backyards. Glass and aluminium panels with built-in LED illumination for balconies and porches are also on the market; they are stylish architectural details that come in different colour and decorative options to create a fascinating look.

Note that LEDs are also used in security and commercial lighting, as well as in traffic control, in an array of accessories, and more.

Generally, always consider incorporating LED lamps because they are an innovative solution that beautifies homes and enhances life, an efficient source of light with many benefits, and a step towards a greener planet. LED lighting is not a decorative add-on, but an alternative to traditional lighting that will become more widely used over the coming years.

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