How to Clean Up a Broken LED Bulb


LED (light-emitting diode) luminaries use less energy than incandescent or fluorescent luminaries. LED luminaries, especially regarding cleanup of broken luminaries, should not be confused with florescent luminaries. Cleaning up broken LED luminaries is different (and simpler) then cleaning up fluorescent luminaries. That's because, unlike fluorescent, LED luminaries contain no mercury or other hazardous chemicals and do not have to be treated as hazardous waste.


Things You'll Need

- Leather gloves
- Hand broom
- Dustpan
- 2 trash bags
- Duct tape
- Vacuum cleaner with hose attachment


Step 1

Put on leather gloves to protect your hands from glass or plastic shards. Prepare your trash bags by placing one inside another - double-bagging can prevent shards from poking through. 


Step 2

Sweep up larger shards of the luminaire using a hand broom and a dustpan. Dump the luminaire shards and metal components into the trash bags.


Step 3

Tear off a strip of duct tape about six inches long. Press the adhesive side lightly to the surface where the luminaire broke. This will pick up small pieces of glass that the broom left behind.


Step 4

Use a hose attachment on a vacuum cleaner to suck up the rest of the luminaire particles, if necessary.