Tips for Storing Light Bulbs

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Store light bulbs carefully to avoid breaking them.
Store light bulbs carefully to avoid breaking them. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Light bulbs require proper storage. Their glass construction makes them susceptible to breaking when heavy objects are placed on top of them or the light bulbs fall. Whether you have incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs, this storage method is the same to keep the lights ready for use when you need them.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper or tissue paper
  • Cardboard 6-bottle beverage container or ornament box or wrapping paper tubes
  • Packaging tape
  • Cardboard sheet
  • Label

Wrap each individual light bulb in newspaper or tissue paper.

Place a single incandescent or compact fluorescent bulb into each space of a cardboard beverage holder or ornament box. These containers not only will prevent damage but keeps the bulbs separated. Place fluorescent light bulbs inside empty wrapping paper tubes to protect them.

If using an ornament box, close and seal it with packaging tape. Tape a piece of cardboard over the beverage container to cover the bulbs.

Label the container with the type of bulb inside and wattage. Write "fragile" on a label and place it on your light bulb container.

Store the light bulbs in a cool, dry spot and do not stack other boxes on top.

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