The Bulb Eater® Has A Good Appetite at the University of Saskatchewan

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The Western Producer

The bulb eater works exactly as its name implies — it crushes glass fluorescent light tubes and sucks up the chemicals inside.

The University of Saskatchewan plugged in the machine in January 2008 when it started replacing 60,000 light tubes as part of a campus-wide lighting retrofit. The old tubes were fed to the bulb eater.

Kelly Goyer, waste prevention co-ordinator for the university's facilities management department, said the university is replacing T-12 light bulbs with more efficient T-8 bulbs. The older four-foot-long tubes use 34 watts of energy compared to 12 to 14 watts with the newer ones.

"We're saving 20 watts per bulb — that's 40 watts per fixture," Goyer said. As well, the university replaces 12,000 to 14,000 bulbs a year as they burn out. All of this activity is sure to keep the bulb eater busy. Goyer describes it as a high powered vacuum coupled with a spinner chain assembly attached to an electric motor and an entry tube.

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