The light emitting diode, or LED, has roared into our lives after starting out as a telecommunications technology and curiosity. But these long-lasting lights present a future recycling challenge for which we must prepare. This week’s quiz will help you understand how to influence lighting manufacturing companies and government recycling policies. Let’s throw some light on LED recycling. Do you know your LED facts?
Earth911 Quiz #50: The Circular Life of LED Bulbs
The light emitting diode, or LED, has roared into our lives after starting life as a telecommunications technology and curiosity. But these long-lasting lights now selling millions of times every year and present a future recycling challenge. Do you know your LED facts?
Every week, Earth911.com challenges you with quizzes that test your sustainability savvy and help you make environmentally friendly choices when you shop, use products, and dispose of unwanted items.
What percentage of U.S. outdoor lighting is expected to be provided by LED bulbs in 2020?
LED light bulbs last as long as 50,000 hours, 25 to 50 times the lifespan of an incandescent bulb, and save users lots of electricity during those years of active lighting. What percentage of U.S. outdoor lighting is expected to be delivered by LEDs next year?
Are LED recycling programs well established in the U.S.?
These long-lived bulbs are simple to buy and use, but have manufacturers and recycling companies prepared to recover the materials in LEDs?
Can LED holiday lights be recycled?
One of the first markets for LED lighting came in holiday decorations because LED lights are much cooler than incandescent string lights. Can they be recycled today?
Where you can dispose of compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs?
If you are trading up from old CFL bulbs, you’ll want to send them to recycling services that responsibly dispose of the materials. Where can you take CFL bulbs for recycling?
How can you help ensure LED recycling becomes widespread?
Unlike much of the old broken stuff we think about when discussing recycling, LEDs are a growing future recycling challenge. How can you help develop a robust circular economy for LEDs?
Making smart sustainable choices requires practice. Earth911’s weekly sustainability quiz helps you hone your ability to recognize earth-friendly products and services. Through your daily choices — from transportation mode to purchases to waste disposal — you can make a positive difference.
This quiz was originally published on February 21, 2019.