How To Clean Dirty Light Bulbs

Dirty light bulbs are costing you a fortune. That’s right, you heard correctly – dirty light bulbs actually waste energy and can cause your electricity bills to spike as they shed up to 30% less light than clean bulbs. Got dirty fixtures? Here’s how you can clean them up:

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Believe it or not, you should really be cleaning your chandeliers every single week. A quick dusting will do the trick, especially if you stick to a weekly schedule, but it’s wise to give them a deep cleaning 1-2 times per year.

Cleaning Instructions:

  1. Take the chandelier down and lay it on a towel on top of a table, if it isn’t too big. You may need a buddy to help you get it down.
  2. We suggest taking a photo of the chandelier before you begin removing the crystals so you know where they go when it’s time to put it back together.
  3. Combine white vinegar, mild dish soap and water in a spray bottle and spray each crystal.
  4. Let everything dry and then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth (if you don’t have a microfiber cloth, a dryer sheet will work just as well).

Light Bulbs

The best, and easiest, way to clean LEDs of CFLs is with a dry cloth. This will generally get rid of dust and dirt that has accumulated. It’s important to use a dry cloth as water has the potential to seep into the crevices of the lamp which can damage the electronic components.

PRO TIP: turn off the electricity to the fixture before you begin cleaning!

Recessed Lights

Similar to chandeliers, recessed lights should be dusted every week. For a deeper cleaning we suggest unscrewing the bulbs and wiping the inside of the canisters with a microfiber cloth (or dryer sheet).

Now that your light bulbs are clean, you can enjoy the right illumination for any mood! You’ll also save some money on your energy bills and who doesn’t like saving money?