DIY Electrical Repair: How to Safely Replace a Light Bulb

Changing a light bulb may seem like a simple task, but it’s important to do it safely to avoid any accidents or damage. Here are some basic tips for safely changing a light bulb:

  1. Check the fixture for the correct wattage of the bulb to avoid fire hazards. Most fixtures have instructions specifying the maximum wattage allowed.
  2. Use a ladder or step ladder if the bulb is out of reach to prevent falls.
  3. Turn off the fixture and light switch before replacing the bulb. If you’re unsure if the fixture is off, turn off the power at the fuse box.
  4. Allow the bulb to cool down before touching it.
  5. Twist the bulb in a counter-clockwise direction to remove it from the socket. Set it aside.
  6. Align the replacement bulb in the socket and turn it clockwise until it’s securely in place. Avoid over-tightening to prevent breakage.
  7. Dispose of the old bulb safely, perhaps by wrapping it in the packaging from the new bulb.

If the bulb breaks in the socket, follow these additional steps:

  1. Ensure the power to the fixture is turned off at the fuse box.
  2. Place a blanket or towel on the floor to catch any glass shards.
  3. Wear leather gloves and eye goggles for protection.
  4. Use needle-nose pliers to grip the base of the broken bulb and rotate it counter-clockwise until it’s released. Repeat if necessary until the base is removed.

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