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  • Merry H. 9 months ago
    You can turn 'normally shaped' light bulbs into cute and working maracas. Tear, not cut, old newspaper into 1/2 wide strips. Soak some in water. Used this for the first covering layer on the bulb. All over it. Then soak more in white glue til soaked. Its ok to dilute with a small bit of water. Cover the maraca bulb in at least seven layers. More is better. Let dry several days. When thoroughly dry toss on hard floor. The glass inside will break to make the sound part. Paint in bright colors. Voila! Maracas. Big flood light bulbs are really great! Add ribbons to handle for even fancier ones.
  • joanna l. 9 months ago
    I brought a lightbulb to a recycling event sponsored by our senator and assemblyman. They did not know what could be done with it (or that some contain mercury) so they suggested that I try the Earth911 site. This is where I found out that Home Depot takes them.
    • joanna l. 9 months ago
      Let your reps know how you feel about recycling, you want it to be easier ! this recycling was a great opportunity to do just that. You can also visit their facebook page or send them and e mail to voice your opinions.
  • deborah D. 9 months ago
    An increasing number of larger hardware stores (aside from the national big box stores) are also providing access to recycling fluorescent (tube or CFL) and incandescent bulbs.
    It never hurts to check with your state\local solid waste website for hazardous household waste options.
  • Linda W. 9 months ago
    I have taken my old CFLs to the Home Depot, and fluorescent bulbs, too, my only time I use the old-fashioned incandescents is for a very few lamps that won't accommodate a CFL style bulb~!
  • Laura L. 9 months ago
    Lowe's, Home Depot and Ikea take lightbulbs at the front of their stores for recycling, just be sure to put it in something so it doesn't break-I use bubble wrap envelopes that are leftover or paper bags. Also, if you don't like the ultra bright white light bulbs there's a million different shades available now in both LED and CFL, a yellow-amber hue is more similar to natural light and will help you wind down for bed as it imitates the natural sunset. I have some and they work great.
    • Duane W. 9 months ago
      Thanks for this reminder. Here's an article on how to avoid the blue light waves emitting from computer LED screens:
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