Here’s a question a lot of people have been asking:
Do I change just the lamp or the whole enclosure?
Well, if you’re thinking about swapping out just the lamp, here are some things you should know:
Swapping out the lamp is perfectly acceptable if your enclosure is in pristine condition. This means:
- zero warping, or bending
- not cluttered with dust or other contaminants
- no broken plastic pieces or components (which is common after one life cycle)
If you’re like me and don’t want to take any chances, then you’d probably want to spend the extra few dollars to get the plastic housing. But should you buy a new or used plastic enclosure for your lamp?
If you’re planning on buying a lamp with a used/refurbished enclosure, the simple facts are that the life cycle of enclosures are low. The plastic will warp and deteriorate since the lamps generate such excessively high temperatures. The best thing to do would be to purchase new cages from authorized distributors. This has an added benefit: certain distributors like Discount-Merchant.com will actually take your old housing unit, shred the plastic, and recycle it to make new enclosures. This method of post-consumer recycling is better for the environment since most “recycled” or “reused” lamp cages tend to be used a few cycles then thrown away, most times with the mercury vapor lamp.
Sure, you could buy from a non-authorized distributor that touts that recycling the old enclosure or buying a “re-lamped” is going green, but you could also wear the same under shorts 10 days in a row to save water. It doesn’t make it right, but you are saving the environment! All jokes aside, buying a re-lamped product may work for the first life cycle of the plastic, but the truth of the matter is that these lamp housings and enclosures are sent to recyclers that simply resell them to non-authorized distributors for pennies on the dollar, so of course they want you to buy a recycled lamp cage and pay $20 bucks more for them (all the while telling you that it’s the greener choice).
There’s a study that says plastic recycling only takes care of about 2% of new plastic parts each year. With more and more demand for plastics, it’s more important than ever to recycle where we can. We’ve got to do our part in reducing our carbon footprint and we believe buying new enclosures made from post consumer recycled plastics is the best way to do it. You’re sure to get 100% quality, and satisfaction. No warped enclosures. No brittle plastic pieces. No contaminants. No lamp misalignment (this is a biggy). So if you’re looking to swap out the entire lamp and housing unit, simply look to Discount-Merchant.com. They’re an authorized distributor for Philips products and they use post-consumer recycled plastics for their enclosures or lamp housings. Win-win.