Your attic or basement may be full of treasures—like those old board games you love playing with your kids—but it's also full of dangers like dust, humidity, and temperature fluctuations. Plus, all those fragile items must be stored carefully, especially light bulbs. The electricians at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth offer commercial and residential services for local North Texas clients, including electrical repair, lighting installation, and more. While an electrician can undoubtedly help you install your lighting systems, it's up to the homeowner to take care of the bulbs. Proper storage is a must if you prefer to stay prepared with light bulbs on hand. Here are some tips on keeping your bulbs safe before use.
The first step is to find the right kind of container to house your bulbs. Throwing them into any old cardboard box can lead to damage. Instead, ensure that the container is made of durable materials like high-quality plastic. You'll also want to ensure it is sealable and air-tight, so insects can't get in. In addition, light-proof containers are a good idea, so bulbs don't break due to light exposure. This is very important if you're storing incandescent bulbs. If possible, try to use containers that will not be damaged or weakened by exposure to moisture, like steel or iron. One creative method is to use containers that are designed for Christmas ornaments. Since these ornaments are often fragile and similarly shaped to standard bulbs, they are perfect for lights.
In addition to having the correct storage container, keeping them safe inside is also important. You can use a soft material like an old t-shirt or sock to wrap the bulb before placing it in its container. This will keep rough surfaces from scratching your bulb or causing damage to its coating when you unscrew it later. You can also use bubble wrap or anti-static foam bags to prevent breaking when handling the containers.
While you may be tempted to store your light bulbs in the garage, it's best not to. The garage is typically too humid and exposed to the elements, which can cause the bulb's lifespan to decrease. In addition, the lightbulbs should not be stored in an attic or basement because these areas tend to have more extreme temperatures than the rest of the home and can lead to premature burning out of your bulbs. Kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms may also have too much moisture and should be avoided. A dry closet in a hallway or bedroom is probably the best area of the home for bulb storage.
Another essential step in the process is to label the container properly. This will ensure that others will treat them with care when looking for other items stored nearby. Use durable labels; you don't want them to fall off or fade. You'll also want to ensure that your label is large enough to be visible and that it clearly states what is inside the box. You may also want to invest in large, fragile stickers, the same kind that is placed on the side of shipping boxes.
Hopefully, you'll have plenty of great ideas for keeping your extra lightbulbs safe. If you need help with your lighting system or have any other electrical concerns, call the specialists at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth, TX. Our reliable electricians are always ready to help local homeowners and businesses improve the safety and efficiency of their systems. From an emergency electrical repair to a new lighting system installation service, our technicians have the experience to get the job done correctly. Speak with our staff for more details or to schedule an appointment with an experienced electrician in your DFW area neighborhood.