Wondering how to store lightbulbs? Lightbulbs are best stored in a hard side box to prevent them being crushed. Adding padding between the bulbs prevents them from touching which can break them.
Which Lightbulbs to Stock
Of course keep the ones you use for the lights you own. These are the ones I reach for all the time.
lamp lightbulbs (I have a salt rock lamp) or for a chandelier
indoor can lights
flood bulbs for outdoor fixtures
2 Things to Remember
1- Stores sell lightbulbs. You can order them online. You do not need to stock a whole cabinet of bulbs. Keep a few spares and replace them as you use them.
2- Not all appliance lights are the same. Label the ones you have for the appliances you currently own. If you upgrade an appliance check to see if you have any bulbs to let go of. And order a space for the new item so you have it on hand.
Where to Store Lightbulbs
I prefer clear, hard sided boxes with latching lids. I use these containers. I like a locking lid but I do not use a lid with a handle. With something delicate like lightbulbs, I don’t risk the lid popping off and breaking the bulbs.
I store lightbulbs by wattage. That way I can clearly tell 60 watt from 75 watt. And I have all the smaller appliance lightbulbs together. Label the bin they are in or tear off the front of the carboard package and place it (facing out) in the bin. That way you can read the type without opening all the bins.
How to Recycle Lightbulbs
Many Home Depot, Lowe’s and IKEA stores accept old bulbs. Call and check if the store near you is participating.
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