How to Clean Light Bulbs
Perhaps, again, one of the things skipped when cleaning the house – light bulbs. Since they can be way up in the ceiling, light bulbs can be a chore to clean but you should. Grime from steam and vapors in the kitchen and dust can greatly reduce luminance. This is why you might suspect a bulb nearly going out with it’s dimmer than usual output. You might be replacing a bulb that’s still good, only dirty. Here are some tips on cleaning light bulbs.
- Dust them frequently. For a good cleaning, remove the bulbs from their fixtures and wipe them with a lint-free cloth. Just be careful with incandescent bulbs. They can be quite brittle so gently handle them.
- Instead of incandescent, you might want to consider using fluorescent “energy-saver” bulbs instead. They consume less energy while giving ample lighting.
- Be careful in handling hot bulbs! So better do your cleaning during the day when they’re turned off and cool to handle.
- To get a maximum effect, clean the fixtures too, especially the ones that have reflective surfaces that enhance lighting. These too can accumulate dust and affect lighting efficiency.
May 9, 2007 Wednesday at 12:34 am