Introduction: How to Remove Bulb Filament Safely

Old Filament bulbs make great recycled projects, you could make a variety of the projects and in the next few instructables, I'm going to show you how to build a few projects using these old recycled filament bulbs.

But removing the filaments of these bulbs can be a tricky process, so before we get to the projects of recycling the old filament, I'm going to show you how to safely remove the filament of these bulbs.

Note - I'm not responsible for any accidents caused while doing this project, please use safety glasses and a pair of workshop gloves while doing this project.

Step 1: Tools Required

Here is a list of tools required,

  • Old Bulb
  • Pliers
  • Workshop Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Nose Pliers
  • Cutter
  • A screw driver
  • Tweezers

Step 2: Electrical Contacts

Start with working out the electrical contacts of the bulb these are metallic and usually leave a hole with which you can use to get your pliers in. The metal contacts can be removed by pulling it out using a screwdriver first and then use the nose pliers.

Step 3: Insulating Layer

Remove the Black insulator after getting the metal contacts out it would be easy to get the Black insulation out, use your workshop gloves while doing this as the insulator would break out into sharp bits.

Step 4: Discharge Tube

Now comes the trickiest part breaking the discharge tube it is usually attached to the metal frame and the whole bulb chamber is pressurized so you would hear a pop sound while breaking the filament. This step would be tricky in the fear of the nose pier damaging the outer surface.

Step 5: Filing

After removing the complete filament and the metal contacts, you need to file the outer metal to make the it smooth for the next upcoming projects.

Hope you safely removed the bulb filament stay tuned for projects which you could do with the bulb.

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