Incandescent light bulbs are fragile items that require proper packing when being shipped. These bulbs typically have glass globes that could easily break on impact, and thus, should be well-cushioned and protected.
Whether shipping brand new or busted incandescent light bulbs (yes, there is a market for burned out bulbs which are used for making crafts such as Christmas ornaments, ship in a light bulb and miniature terrariums), proper packing must be employed to ensure that they arrive intact. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship light bulbs.
Brand new light bulbs are best shipped in their original cardboard boxes. They should fit snugly in their boxes. Otherwise, use bubble wrap or tissue paper to fill spaces and keep the bulb immobile. Stack the boxed bulbs neatly inside a sturdy shipping box lined with sheets of styrofoam pads on the bottom and four sides. Fill any remaining spaces with more foam pads or bubble wrap so that the boxed bulbs will not move around. Place another sheet of a foam pad on top before closing and sealing the box with packing tape.
For busted light bulbs, wrap each one generously with bubble wrap. Arrange them neatly inside a box with a layer of packing peanuts on the bottom. Fill the box with more packing peanuts so that the bulbs do not move and collide with each other. Make sure that the box is well packed before closing and sealing the openings with tape. Place the box in a slightly larger box with packing materials on all sides, top, and bottom. Close and seal the outer box with packing tape.
Address and label the package and take to the post office or shipping company.