Shatterproof Bulbs

Commonly asked questions about shatterproof or shatter resistant bulbs:

  • What are shatterproof bulbs?
  • How do they work?
  • What applications are they used in?

What are shatterproof bulbs?

Shatterproof bulbs are lamps coated with special material to contain broken glass, phosphor, and possibly mercury, from broken bulbs. They come in all forms, including fluorescent, incandescent, HID, CFL, and globes.

How do they work?

Similar to plastic sleeves or tube guards that are used to shield fluorescent tubes, shatterproof bulbs hold the glass shards from contaminating areas that need protection from exposed glass.

What applications are they used in?

The following are some applications shatterproof bulbs work great in:

  • Food preparation / service facilities
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • Restaurants / Kitchens
  • Child care / Daycare facilities
  • Elevators
  • School Gyms
  • Boutiques
  • Hotels
  • Homes

Under FDA, OSHA, and USDA jurisdiction, specific facilities require the use of shielded or shatterproof bulbs.


Take a look at our shatterproof selection.

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