Shatterproof Flourescent Tubes?

Shatterproof Flourescent Tubes?

PostBy: Devil505 On: Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:56 pm

After having another one fall & explode like a glass hand grenade :mad: :mad: .....I'm wondering if anyone makes a 4' Fluorescent bulb (for cheap utility lights) that can take a short fall & NOT explode all over the place??? (this one fell about 36" onto a washer/dryer & exploded!!)
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Re: Shatterproof Flourescent Tubes?

PostBy: titleist1 On: Fri Nov 21, 2008 3:54 pm

How about some wire looped around the housing below the bulbs toward each end to catch them if they fall??
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Re: Shatterproof Flourescent Tubes?

PostBy: WNY On: Fri Nov 21, 2008 3:59 pm

I think they make plastic sleeves, might help it could keep some of the glass in tact. Maybe put some clear packing tape around them to hold them into the housing.
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Re: Shatterproof Flourescent Tubes?

PostBy: samhill On: Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:09 pm

I use a couple of those plastic tie wraps & go around the whole fixture about 4" from each end so if I drop one it`s caught by the tie wrap.
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Re: Shatterproof Flourescent Tubes?

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:44 pm

Have you seen the *new* rules for cleaning up a broken flourescent bulb? Good grief, we used to think nothing of breaking 4 footers into the trash, but now, Ohh noooooo. So here ya go:


How should I clean up a broken fluorescent bulb?
Because CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, EPA recommends the following clean-up and disposal
guidelines:
1. Before Clean-up: Air Out the Room
 Have people and pets leave the room, and don't let anyone walk through the breakage area on their way out.
 Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
 Shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system, if you have one.
2. Clean-Up Steps for Hard Surfaces
 Carefully scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a glass jar with
metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
 Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass pieces and powder.
 Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes. Place towels in the glass jar or plastic bag.
 Do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces.
3. Clean-up Steps for Carpeting or Rug:
 Carefully pick up glass fragments and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a
sealed plastic bag.
 Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder.
 If vacuuming is needed after all visible materials are removed, vacuum the area where the bulb was broken.
 Remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister), and put the bag or vacuum debris in a sealed plastic
bag.
4. Clean-up Steps for Clothing, Bedding, etc.:
 If clothing or bedding materials come in direct contact with broken glass or mercury-containing powder from inside
the bulb that may stick to the fabric, the clothing or bedding should be thrown away. Do not wash such clothing or
bedding because mercury fragments in the clothing may contaminate the machine and/or pollute sewage.
 You can, however, wash clothing or other materials that have been exposed to the mercury vapor from a broken
CFL, such as the clothing you are wearing when you cleaned up the broken CFL, as long as that clothing has not
come into direct contact with the materials from the broken bulb.
 If shoes come into direct contact with broken glass or mercury-containing powder from the bulb, wipe them off
with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes. Place the towels or wipes in a glass jar or plastic bag for
disposal.
5. Disposal of Clean-up Materials
 Immediately place all clean-up materials outdoors in a trash container or protected area for the next normal trash
pickup.
 Wash your hands after disposing of the jars or plastic bags containing clean-up materials.
 Check with your local or state government about disposal requirements in your specific area. Some states do not
allow such trash disposal. Instead, they require that broken and unbroken mercury-containing bulbs be taken to a
local recycling center.
6. Future Cleaning of Carpeting or Rug: Air Out the Room During and After Vacuuming
 The next several times you vacuum, shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system and open a
window before vacuuming.
 Keep the central heating/air conditioning system shut off and the window open for at least 15 minutes after
vacuuming is completed.
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Re: Shatterproof Flourescent Tubes?

PostBy: coalkirk On: Fri Nov 21, 2008 5:10 pm

Also, if they are properly installed in the socket, they won't fall out. :idea:
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Re: Shatterproof Flourescent Tubes?

PostBy: Devil505 On: Fri Nov 21, 2008 5:26 pm

coalkirk wrote:Also, if they are properly installed in the socket, they won't fall out. :idea:


Fell out as I was turning a dim one to see if it was seated well. :P
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Re: Shatterproof Flourescent Tubes?

PostBy: Devil505 On: Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:14 pm

samhill wrote:I use a couple of those plastic tie wraps & go around the whole fixture about 4" from each end so if I drop one it`s caught by the tie wrap.


Stole your idea but used clear vinyl tape below each end. If they fall it will be just 1/2" into the tape! :rimshot:
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Re: Shatterproof Flourescent Tubes?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:53 pm

You're lucky, I was working in my cellar and one fell and I caught it mid air with my cat like reflexes. :P Unfortunately the end smashed into the wall and it shattered in my hand. Wasn't very pretty.
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Re: Shatterproof Flourescent Tubes?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:52 pm

About 5 years ago I had an 8 footer crash down on top of my old Chevy pickup in my barn :shock:

I think it was at that moment that my neighbors started to think I was psychotic ........ after shouting at the top of my lungs every expletive known to mankind! :funny: I was standing in the bed of the truck working on my piece of *censored* garage door opener motor.

Now, every light in the barn has weed-whacker line tied around each end.

At one of the transfer stations I visit at work, I saw a plastic florescent bulb that someone tossed -- didn't know they made those, but that would be an option too. :idea:
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Re: Shatterproof Flourescent Tubes?

PostBy: gaw On: Sat Nov 22, 2008 9:44 pm

I once saw an 8 foot light tube get knocked out of it's holder and fall about 8 feet to the floor where it just bounced around a couple of times, didn't break! The guy just put it back into the light fixture and it worked fine. The light tubes were in those plastic tubes that are supposed to keep them from breaking. In this instance it did. The guy whose place it was where this happened said they work well.
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Re: Shatterproof Flourescent Tubes?

PostBy: Ed.A On: Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:09 pm

It is verbotten to have Mercury involved with submarine parts. Lights must have a protective layer to prevent any mercury contamination due to breakage etc., I've been indoctrinated in this protcol since 1985. We in the industry take this very seriously, lives depend on us and we don't take it lightly.

Since the Green Monster has been created under the leftist agenda, we are going to witness massive mercury contamination due to an irresponsible/apathic populace that will just ignore the risks of the disposal of mercury filled bulbs. The greatest ideas always carry the risk of the greatest harm.
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Re: Shatterproof Flourescent Tubes?

PostBy: Yanche On: Sun Nov 23, 2008 2:08 pm

Home Depot sells the hollow plastic tubes that go around the long glass florescent bulbs.
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Re: Shatterproof Flourescent Tubes?

PostBy: rberq On: Sun Nov 23, 2008 3:05 pm

Freddy wrote:Have you seen the *new* rules for cleaning up a broken flourescent bulb? Good grief, we used to think nothing of breaking 4 footers into the trash, but now, Ohh noooooo.


When I was in grammar school, the science teacher each year would bring in a small jar of mercury, dump some into a student's cupped hand, and we would carefully pass it around from person to person to examine and admire it. If it fell on the floor, it would shatter into lots of smaller droplets, which we would then push together with the edge of a piece of paper until we had a large blob again that could be guided onto a sheet of paper and picked up.

I am not saying that mercury is harmless, but nobody in the class grew a third arm or anything like that. Many slight dangers these days seems to be surrounded by hysteria out of proportion to the actual hazard.
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Re: Shatterproof Flourescent Tubes?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sun Nov 23, 2008 4:20 pm

I used to do the same thing breaking open thermometers as a kid. We'd roll the stuff around in our hands. My father says he did the same thing in school too.

Everyone freaks out about everything these days. It's due to the "pussification" of America in the last 15 years or so.

Back in the early days of electricity, guys used to put on swim shorts & jump into transformers filled with hundreds of gallons of PCB's to do repairs. Most of those guys lived to be elderly. My grandfather worked on cars his whole life, with grease & oil up to his elbows every day right into his mid 80's. He lived to be 86. My father has smoked a pack a day at least, since the Red Cross got him started when he was 12 on "relief cigarettes", after a tornado tore though here in 1953. He just quit recently -- smoked for 55 years of his life. He's a coal burner too & loads all his coal himself, still.

I have asthma & could easily quit my job & cry for public assistance. I breathe in diesel smoke, powdered sand & road salt in the winter, & dust in the summer. I come home & breathe paint fumes, coal dust & fumes, car exhaust & 2-stroke engine smoke -- and I still bust my ass everyday at work. I take my medication & I breathe -- simple as that.
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