Home Recycling Guide Recycling tubes and bulbs into innovative creations

Recycling tubes and bulbs into innovative creations

by Ecofriend1874

There is no need to throw out damaged light bulbs and tubes. Here are some interesting ways in which you can repurpose these items and use them around your home.

Recycled tube lamp

Recycled tube lamp

No we are not talking about the standard tube light, but a rather creative design by Castor Canadensis. All you need to have are some old fluorescent tubes and a working tube light. The designer simply surrounded the working tube light with the fluorescent ones to create a recycled tube lamp. This way, when you switch on the light, you will get a beautiful glow that emanates throughout the room.

Light bulb lamps

Light bulb lamps

Companies like Bulbs Unlimited make it easier for you to recycle those old incandescent lamps that might otherwise end up in the landfill. The company repurposes these old bulbs to make creative fixtures, including lamps made using these bulbs.

Vespa lamp

Vespa lamp

Hats off to the creativity on this one! The Vespa lamp is your very own indoor lamp that comes straight out of the Vespa’s headlamp. Designed by Lamponi Lamps, the lamp incorporates the moped’s headlight to give light and comes complete with its handles to create an instant kitschy look to your room.

Tiny Terras

Tiny Terras 1

Juliette Melton, a San Francisco based artist designs entire landscapes inside old, used up incandescent light bulbs. Some of her more extraordinary pieces include forests, jungles, deserts and even the Arctic environment inside these bulbs.

Light Bulb Vase

Light Bulb Vase

Designed by Alejandro, the light bulb vase transforms a tiny light bulb into a really innovative container for your favourite flowers. The artist used little hooks, an aluminum ring salvaged from a used hard drive and a stand from a paper lamp frame to create the really cute light bulb vase.

Light Bulb Planter and Stand

Light Bulb Planter

Designed by Rodrigo Nassinger, the light bulb planter comes complete with a stand that works as a stylish holder for the planter. The designer made use of a twisted copper wire to create the stand and filled up the bulb with soil, gravel, pebbles and other essential nutrients to create the perfect planter. He also topped it off with some activated carbon to remove impurities as well as some moss to create the green effect. Look closely and you will be able to see a tiny snail shell in there too. A DIY project, Rodrigo insists anyone can achieve this at home, provided they take great care not to break the bulb while making the planter.

Summary

Old light bulbs and tube lights can be repurposed in so many useful ways. You can make use of the ideas mentioned above or take them as inspiration to create your own ideas on how to recycle these old bulbs and lights around your home.

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