Everyone knows how to change a burned-out bulb. So why talk about it? Replacing a light bulb is a simple task that only takes a few minutes (if that).
But checking your bulbs routinely so you can replace them BEFORE it’s inconvenient is a habit that is good for the overall safety and comfort of your home.
Get the Right Replacement Bulb
Before you can change the light bulb, you need a suitable replacement bulb.
A lot is involved in that choice. Look for a fuller consideration of your light bulb options in our Choose the Right Light Bulb post. For now, let’s assume you have a replacement bulb in hand and are ready to replace the burned out bulb.
Change the Light Bulb
To actually change the light bulb:
- Make sure the light switch is turned off.
- Use a ladder or some other safe method to reach the bulb (in the ceiling or over a door, etc.)
- Let the light bulb cool if it was on recently. Or use a rag or towel to protect your hand from the heat of the bulb.
- Unscrew the old light bulb.
- Screw in the new light bulb.
- Place the old light bulb in the new light bulb’s packaging (or some other wrapping to guard against breakage), and dispose of it.
- If the old bulb is a CFL, recycle it responsibly.
- Turn the light on to be sure the bulb lights.
Why consider checking and changing light bulbs as part a home maintenance schedule of tasks?
Because having all your lights working is really nice. Checking them regularly and changing the ones that are weak or burned out before that dark night when you need to go up to the attic is way more convenient – and safer, too – than finding out you need a flashlight to do what you need to do because you did not know the bulb was burned out and you don’t have a replacement on hand.
The Light Bulb Joke
(You knew there had to be one. )
How many politicians does it take to change a light bulb?
Two. One to change it and one to change it back.
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