Disposal of lamps

Information on the disposal of used LED, energy-saving and fluorescent lamps

Energy-saving bulbs do not belong in the household refuse.

By ensuring proper disposal, it is guaranteed that the valuable components of the lamps such as metal and glass are not lost but are recycled instead. Please properly dispose of the following lamps by returning them to a collection point:

  • Rod-shaped fluorescent lamps
  • Compact fluorescent lamps
  • Discharge lamps incl.
  • high-pressure sodium discharge lamps and
  • metal vapour lamps
  • Low-pressure sodium discharge lamps
  • LED lamps (retrofit)

What to do if an energy-saving bulb breaks?

Paulmann energy-saving bulbs are manufactured with chemically bound mercury (amalgam). If the bulb breaks in the switched-off state, mercury is not released as a gas, but instead, as a solid material; this material can be safely disposed of by taking just a few safety precautions.

Nevertheless, we recommend regardless of the model in general the following procedure when breaking an energy saving lamp:

If you ventilate immediately and thoroughly after an energy-saving bulb breaks, you do not need to worry about any health risks. Ventilate the room for about 15 minutes. Make sure that all persons and pets are out of the room for the duration. Be careful to not cut yourself on the glass shards. When the bulb in a luminaire is broken, first disconnect the luminaire from the mains so as to avoid getting an electric shock. After the ventilation, sweep up all the pieces of the bulb. Use a disposable paper towel to pick up small pieces and dust. Put the bulb's pieces into a bag and take it outside and then to a local collection point.

The majority of Paulmann's energy-saving bulbs feature a jacket and thus an extended breakage protection.