Light Bulb Exchange Program
The Light Bulb Exchange Program has come to a close. Thanks to all who participated!
Shedding some light on LEDs
LED light bulbs are more energy efficient and cost efficient than standard incandescent or compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). LEDs use less energy and last longer, making it more efficient to replace old bulbs now, even if they’re still functioning, instead of waiting until the end of their life span. The energy saved by replacing inefficient bulbs outweighs the embedded carbon in the production of the old incandescent or CFL light bulbs.
Illuminating facts about LEDs
- LED bulbs can last up to 25,000 hours, compared to 1,000 hours for incandescent bulbs
- LED bulbs can last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs
- Incandescent bulbs use 5 times more energy than LEDs
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs use 65 per cent more energy than LEDs
- Most LED bulbs are compatible with dimmer switches, so you can control the level of light
- LED bulbs run cool, so you won’t burn your fingers and they don’t pose a fire hazard
- LED bulbs are more durable than other bulbs, so you don’t have to worry about broken glass
Bright ideas for disposing old light bulbs
When your light bulbs reach the end of their life span, it is important to dispose of them responsibly:
- CFL bulbs should never be put into general waste as they contain mercury. Bring them to the Waste Management Facility for free as part of household hazardous waste.
- If you break a CFL, the US Environmental Protection Agency provides detailed instructions for clean-up. Once safely cleaned up, the broken light and materials used to clean it up should be placed in a rigid container and brought to the household hazardous waste building at the Waste Management Facility.
- Ensure broken or cracked bulbs are disposed of safely to avoid accidental injury.
- Incandescent light bulbs are not recyclable and should go in the garbage.