Fluorescent Bulbs Questions


Last couple of days I have been fixing various fluorescent fixtures in my kitchen and garage.
I got them all done but struggled with one thing. Removing and installing the tubes (T12). Once I rotated the tubes out of their sockets I had a real hard time taking them out of the "box". They are recessed fixtures and once you removed the cover, the opening is about a good 1-1/2 to 2" shorter than the actual length of the tube. Even if you move each end to the opposite corner there is not enough room. I spent a LONG TIME just getting the old tubes out and the new tubes into the box. I don't get it why do they make it so difficult to take a tube in and out?
Secondly what is a good way to dispose of a flurescent tube? I have about 12 tubes of 4' long tubes (T12), what do I do with it I cannot put them in the regular garbage bin for disposal right? It's too tall and if it's broken it will be a mess.
Thanks,
MC
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MiamiCuse wrote:

Yes, they are a PITA to change. They make the fixtures a few pennies cheaper by making them as compact as possible.

Depends on your local regulations. Some still allow small quantities of them to go into regular trash, other communities take them in hazardous waste so the mercury can be reclaimed. You may want to call your town hall or wherever that sort of thing is handled.
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On 1/9/2010 8:46 PM MiamiCuse spake thus:

Depends on where you are. But you already knew that.
Luckily, Berkeley (which is close to where I live) accepts fluorescent bulbs at their transfer station, where they get disposed of properly (we hope, anyhow). Other cities may have similar places.
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If you have no local hazardous waste station, put them in a 30 gallon garbage bag and then break them up with a big board or hammer, etc, and put the whole thing in the garbage.
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hr(bob) snipped-for-privacy@att.net wrote the following:

The way we did it before we found out that everything causes cancer.
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MiamiCuse wrote:

Have you tried calling any lighting/electrical suppliers in your area. There is a supplier I deal with that will take the used bulbs for proper disposal and recycling.
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You may want to put those fixtures out on the curb. Our local power company (AmerenIP) sent a flyer with the monthly bill from ActOnEnergy.com (1-866-800-0740) stating that T12's will be phased out in 2012. They have an ongoing incentive program apparently and are offering another 10% incentive until 1/31/2010. Your local power company may also be participating.
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You may want to put those fixtures out on the curb. Our local power company (AmerenIP) sent a flyer with the monthly bill from ActOnEnergy.com (1-866-800-0740) stating that T12's will be phased out in 2012. They have an ongoing incentive program apparently and are offering another 10% incentive until 1/31/2010. Your local power company may also be participating.
Joe
Working for a major university, we converted all T12s in all buildings on campus some time ago to T8s and are now considering LEDs when they become more applicable and cost friendly.
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