Top 14 Way to Reuse Light Bulbs

Author: Cathy Ives

Light bulbs are filled with toxins and as more people are switching to LED’s or CFL’s many of those old lightbulbs are landing up in landfills, leaking toxic waste into our drinking water. Today more and more people are recycling light bulbs, but still many people still put in the trash, like my neighbor last week!

• According to “… U.S. consumers spent about $1 billion to buy about 2 billion lightbulbs–5.5 million every day.”
• According to “The U.S., which has four billion electric lights using [incandescent] bulbs, represents about a third of the world market.”
• If every American household changed a single light bulb to an Energy Star bulb, it would provide enough power to light more than 2.5 million homes, while saving consumers money.

Facts About Mercury in Fluorescent Light bulbs
• 1 teaspoon -One teaspoon of mercury can contaminate a 20 acre lake forever
• Each year, an estimated 600 million fluorescent lamps are disposed of in US landfills amounting to 30,000 pounds of mercury waste.

The best thing you can do with Light bulbs
• Use less.-Turning off lights, making them last longer keeps our landfills cleaner.
• Use EnergyStar Lightbulbs and still use less
• Recycle- go to for the closest recycling center
• Reuse lightbulbs into other things

Ways to Reuse and Recycle Light bulbs

Make Flower Vases

Make A Lamp

Make a Model Ship

Make a Mini Garden

Make Into Ornaments

Cover with Paper Mache- let harden – drop on the ground and make a rattle.

Reuse and Make a Sculpture

Lightbulb Bumblebee

Make An Aquarium

Make Lightbulb Art

Make Into Balloon Art

Make Salt And Pepper Shakers

Reuse Lightbulb to Make a Concrete Wall Hook

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