How to Change a Recessed Light Bulb

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Changing a recessed light bulb involves turning off the lights, letting them cool for five minutes, using duct tape to unscrew tight-fitting bulbs and replacing it with a new bulb. Switch out a recessed light bulb with information from a professional... View Video Transcript

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Rachel Yatuzis

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis. I am going to show you how to change a recessed light bulb. There are a couple of different kinds of recessed light bulbs and fixtures. If you have the kind of fixture that has the glass piece over the light bulb, then you of course want to remove that before you try to change the light bulb and also, some recessed light bulbs are so large that they take up the entire space for the fixture, and you can't fit your fingers between the fixture and the light bulb to unscrew it. In that case, you need to grab the duck tape, and I'll show you how you're going to use this in one second. The good thing is, nowadays, you can go to a hardware store and there are special tools you can buy that are extensions, pretty much of your arm, and you can hold them up and look at the light bulb and just untwist it. It has a little claw at the end that will grab the light bulb and you can twist it from standing right where you are. But, if you don't have one of these tools yet, I will show you how you can, you know, change your recessed light bulb anyway. The first thing you need to do, obviously, me being the daughter of an electrician, I know you've got to turn the lights off 'cause you don't want to get electrocuted. So first off, turn the lights off. Once you've turned the lights off, you want to let 'em cool down. Just for about five minutes. Recessed lights cool off really quickly and because of course you don't want to be handling a really hot light bulb. And find a way to get to the light, whether it be a ladder, a chair, you know, use your own discretion. Don't get too brave especially if you're gettin' on up in age. You don't want to fall, so what you can do with the duck tape, like I mentioned earlier, if your light, this one, is you know, small enough where I can just unscrew it. But some of 'em come all the way to the edge. In that case, you want to get your duck tape, fold it around like you're wrappin' a Christmas present, stick it to the light bulb and then turn the light bulb. This gets a good grip on the bulb. And you're going to use this technique to screw in the next light belb, light bulb also. Remember if you do have complac, compact fluorescent bulbs, dispose of them properly. Get on the Internet and read instructional, instructions on how to dispose of 'em because they contain mercury and it's very hazardous to breathe in and things like that, so, anyway, that's pretty much how you do it, once you take it out, get your new light bulb, which this one's still good. It's for demonstration purposes and just screw it back in. If you get compact fluorescent bulbs, again, you'll only have to do this every seven to eight years, so not only are you going to save lots of money with your electric bill, you're going to have to do this a lot less often, so...I'm Rachel Yatuzis and that is how you change recessed light bulbs.