Storing Lightbulbs

October 17, 2011

Compact Fluorescent LightbulbGo to your local liquor store. Find out when they get their shipments in, and ask them to save boxes for you. They have many boxes that already have dividers that you can put individual light bulbs/items in. It's a green solution since your using that cardboard box over. Many times these boxes are extra strong, because of having glass in them. They work well for Christmas decorations, too.


By llpensinger from Ocean City, MD


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February 21, 2015

My husband feels the need to stock up on light bulbs, and I can not figure out a good way to store them. I am hoping someone has a clever idea. I read the one about old liquor boxes with inserts, I liked that. Any other ideas?

By Dale D.


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February 22, 20151 found this helpful

The packages that the bulbs are displayed in at the store are shipped from the manufacturer. The individual packages are packed in large cardboard containers and shipped from China, etc., and survive the long journeys well.


You can simply pack the original lightbulb packages in a box for storage.


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December 5, 20161 found this helpful

I have a large family and I have noticed that no one stores their extra light bulbs in the same way.

Daughter stores hers in original holder in shoe boxes - one for each size if necessary and marks the wattage on the outside of the container. The shoe boxes are stacked on a shelf in hall closet. She keeps larger light bulbs in a container in the garage.

Son stores his in original holder (when possible) and stores them in Tupperware like containers that slide under his bed. He also keeps some in beverage holders (like the kind that hold wine coolers or bottled cappuccino) that are placed in dollar tree baskets and stored on a closet shelf.


Not very original but seems to work for them.


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December 5, 20160 found this helpful

Keep a supply of one of each bulb you use in a closet at or near your meter box. Store the rest in boxes according to type inside a larger box.

December 6, 20160 found this helpful

we also stock up on them .and we keep them in their original holders and I put them in a plastic tote in the basement.... been working well for us !.

December 9, 20160 found this helpful

I keep a few on hand in their original packaging in a small extra drawer in a night stand. I can't see the need to stockpile so many as I've been reading here.


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December 29, 20160 found this helpful

I got a plastic 3-drawer storage unit on Freecycle. I store my bulbs in there.

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March 16, 2009

We purchased a lot of fluorescent light bulbs at Sam's (size of an incandescent light bulb) because DH likes to have lots of spare 40 watt equivalent bulbs in the house. They come in long sheets, too big to store in our usual light bulb cabinet.

I decided to trim the cardboard wrappers to get them to fit, but it's too thick. What's a good way to store them out of the sturdy packaging and limit breakage, yet keep them convenient?


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March 16, 20091 found this helpful

Try a pringles can, with some wadded up plastic bags in between. I also keep my longer ones in a shoe bag that is also my "junk drawer no more"!!


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March 17, 20090 found this helpful

Now that's a good idea. Thepicture helps. Flat storage out of the way.


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March 19, 20091 found this helpful

Sounds like you have the long, tubular bulbs. If so, some of the following may work: a canister type umbrella stand (about 2 ft. tall), a plastic Rubbermaid wrapping paper holder (maybe without the lid - depends on the length of the bulbs), or cardboard box that wallpaper rolls come in (ask a store that sells wallpaper to save one).


Hopes this helps!

March 19, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks Poor But Proud for that photo. I never thought of that way of storing odds and ends. You are soooo clever. I really appreciate the photo. A picture is worth a thousand words, You are poor but smart ;-)

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November 28, 2011

Can you store your extra light bulbs in an outdoor storage shed where it will get below freezing?

By Susie


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November 29, 20110 found this helpful

Be sure to let them come to room temp before using them first and make sure they are not damp.

July 25, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you! Exactly what I wanted to know re garage lightbulb storage where it will be below freezing.

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