Health & Fitness How to change a lightbulb - the six easy steps
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The classic lightbulb joke plays on the fact that lightbulbs are extremely easy to change, but there's no shame in needing a little guidance. The most difficult thing about changing a lightbulb is making sure you take adequate safety precautions. Light bulbs differ and some light bulbs are trickier to change than others, especially if they're in a very high ceiling.
chatted to 's resident electrician and creator of the Boiler Brain blog, Jude McLean, to find out how to change a lightbulb.
Jude said: "Changing a lightbulb is usually a straightforward and safe task for most people to complete. However, that is with the caveat that the person doing the task is able-bodied and healthy and that they take the correct safety precautions."
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You don't need any fancy tools to change a lightbulb, you just need two things.
Jude said: "Typically, you will require a stepladder and the correct bulb for the fitting."
You should never try and change a bulb while standing on a wobbly table or wheely chair - you need a step ladder (or a special extension tool if the light is particularly high up).
How to change a lightbulb
If the light has been in use, turn it off and give it a few hours to cool down.
Before changing the bulb make sure to turn your electric power off at the main switchboard.
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Depending on where the bulb is located, make sure you are using a stepladder if it is difficult to reach and always wear appropriate footwear that will maintain a good grip.
Remove the bulb from the socket, the method you do this will depend on whether the bulb has a bayonet or screw fitting.
A bayonet mount is common in the UK and a screw fitting is more common in America and throughout Europe.
If you have a bayonet fitting, grasp the bulb gently but firmly and push upwards gently. Turn the bulb anticlockwise until it is released from the socket.
Screw fittings should be gently twisted anticlockwise until they come loose from the socket.
Once you have removed the bulb, it is time to fit your new bulb.
Always remember to do this slowly and gently, as the bulb's internal components can be extremely fragile and sensitive to movement.
Once the new bulb is fitted, you can restore your home's power and switch the light on.
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