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Metal Halide Lamps

Metal Halide Lamps

High Intensity Discharge Lamps (HIDs) are highly efficient and long lasting light bulbs primarily used for outdoor lighting or to illuminate vast indoor spaces. Other types of HIDs are Metal Halide Lamps, Mercury Vapour Lamps, and High Pressure Sodium Lamps. 

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How do I go green?


Turn lights off whenever possible and set use to a timer to extend lamp life and save money. Choose EnergyStar certified bulbs for maximum efficiency and quality. Simply using a HID instead of an incandescent bulb keeps half a tonne of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere over the life of the bulb. Keeping lights, fixtures, and rooms clean will remove dust, which absorbs light and can reduce bulb efficiency.


There are few practical options for reuse of HIDs so bring them in for proper disposal.


Residential quantities of High Intensity Discharge Lamps and Metal Halide Lamps are included in the newly expanded Light Recycling product stewardship program, with a number of free drop off locations within the CRD.  Not all facilities listed below are part of that program so it is a good idea to phone them before going.


  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.

  • Bottle Depot - Glanford

    4261 Glanford Avenue

  • Bottle Depot, Victoria - Queens

    655 Queens Avenue

  • Darryl's and James's Digs

    103 East Point Road
    Saturna Island

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue

  • Home Depot

    All locations in capital region

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island

  • Sooke Home Hardware

    6626 Sooke Road

  • The Environmental Story

    HIDs like Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs) proportionately out perform incandescent bulbs. It can take several minutes for a HID to light up, so use of these lamps is limited to large outdoor areas such as athletic playing fields, parking lots, and indoor areas like gymnasiums and hallways. The precious and toxic trace amount of mercury found within the lamp, the glass tube and the ballast are recyclable and require proper disposal.