LED Disposal Information

Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs, differ from CFLs in several ways. Unlike CFLs you do not have to worry about mercury with LEDS. When used properly, these lights are risk-free. 

The life of an LED is projected to be 50,000 hours, lasting up to 25 years. Therefore, you will not have to dispose these bulbs very often. 

HOW TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF LEDs

  • Contact a local recycling center and ask if they have special LED bulb restrictions. Since LEDs do not contain mercury and are not considered a hazardous material they may be recycled safely. However, every recycling center might have their own policy. 
  • Many local hardware stores will take burned out LED lights and put them through their own recycling process 

Go to http://fresh-energy.org for more information on LED and CFL recycling.  

 

HOW ARE LEDs BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?

According to ENERGY STAR, the useful life of LED lighting products is defined differently than that of other light sources, such as incandescent or CFL. This is because LEDs typically do not “burn out” or fail. Instead, they experience lumen depreciation, where the amount of light produced decreases and light color appearance can shift over time. Instead of basing the useful life of an LED product on the time it takes for 50% of a large group of lamps to burn out (as is the case with traditional sources), LED product “lifetime” is set based on a prediction of when the light output decreases 30 percent.

 


For more information on LED lighting fixtures go to https://www.energystar.gov