LED bulbs are the new normal, they are energy-efficient and last longer than traditional bulbs. Many homes have already switched out their old bulbs to this environmental-friendly alternative.
However, before tossing out the old light bulbs, keep in mind that they are recyclable. If you don’t have the option to recycle your bulbs, you can throw the LED bulbs in the bin because they don’t contain any hazardous chemicals.
It is best to wrap them in newspapers and rest them in the bin. Whenever I am disposing of LED bulbs, I wait until it is the last day- rest the bulb already wrap on top of the garbage, tie the bag and my husband will dispose of it.
How To Recycle LED Light Bulbs?
Now that we have established that you can throw your LED bulbs in the bin, there are other alternatives like recycling.
If you plan to recycle the light bulbs, review the recycling laws in your area first. Some cities prohibit the disposal of light bulbs in household garbage.
Your local government’s recycling pages should provide comprehensive guidelines on how to recycle light bulbs in your city. When making your plans, keep in mind that several recycling pages also provide useful information.
Five DIY Projects You Can Do With LED Bulbs
If you want to reuse your bulbs there are fun, innovative, crafty projects you can try. Find your inner artist or use this opportunity to dust off your DIY skills and transform those bulbs into something useful. You’ll be shocked at what you can make with things you already have on hand.
Air plant terrarium
Air plants are extremely popular right now, and for good reason! They’re great for apartments and people who are busy, not just because they’re tiny and cute, but also because they’re incredibly low maintenance and easy to care for. It also means that you can plant them in a variety of unusual locations, such as in light bulbs.
Light bulb oil lamps
Because LED lights don’t contain hazardous chemicals, you can create a hole to make an oil lamp from your used bulbs. They are a beautiful addition to your home and creating something old from something new is a great idea.
Light Bulb Wreath
Is it just me, or this is the most amazing wreath you have ever seen? This photo is courtesy Farbartdiy. The creator looks like they glue colorful bulbs together with the traditional Santa and Christmas bell. Remember to cover any exposed wire so it doesn’t show through.
Small bulbs can be used to create these steampunk necklace. All you’ll need is copper jewelry wire, a chain and a jump ring. Drill a hole at the top of the bulb and add the jump ring also, run the jewelry wire through. Congrats, you have made the perfect chain with a used LED bulb.
If you need some extra spice containers and don’t want to buy expensive options. Then you can use old light LED bulbs for this purpose. The bulbs are wide enough to accommodate salt, black pepper, and even Italian seasoning.
To recap, we use led bulbs all around the house from recessed lighting to Christmas lights. They are energy-efficient and save up to 95% of energy with 50,000 hours of life.
Therefore, when it’s time to dispose of your bulbs check with your local government page to see if it is OK to place them in the garbage. Also, remember to wrap the bulbs before disposing of them in the bin. This page will also advise you on your recycling methods.
If you don’t want to get rid of your LED bulbs, have some new creative ways to make them handy again. My favorite is the Christmas wreath, as you can hang them at Christmas and store them away for the next year.
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