Turn a Burnt Out CFL Bulb into Romantic Lighting

Turn a Burnt Out CFL Bulb into Romantic Lighting

Sonia Zjawinski
Jun 21, 2010

Compact fluorescent bulbs are supposed to burn bright significantly longer than standard bulbs, but they do die someday. Before your properly dispose of your dead bulb, bring parts of it back to life with this DIY project from Kent K. Barnes. Kent figured out how to give the nice round globe that surrounds your CFL a second life with battery powered tea- and string lights. Here's how he did it.

What You Need:

  • Gloves
  • A compartment to hold your new lighting and the glass bulb. A small cup or bowl works, or you can get creative and use small planters.
  • Battery powered lighting that's small enough to fit in the glass bulb.


  1. Using gloves, carefully remove the outer glass bulb of your CFL.
  2. Tuck replacement lighting in the globe.
  3. Turn on.
  4. Sit everything in chosen base.
  5. Cue up some Marvin Gaye.
  6. Get busy.

Images: Kent K. Barnes/kentkb

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