Changing a light bulb is one of those household electrical jobs that everyone should know how to do. But, do you know how to change a lightbulb properly and safely?
Take a closer look at what the best bulbs are, and how to go about safely changing yours when it comes time.
Types of bulbs
When replacing a light bulb, you need to understand that there are many variations to choose from, with some being more beneficial than others.
Each type has different variables, including cost, light production, and energy efficiency.
Incandescent: These bulbs are the “standard light bulb.” They give off warm, yellowed light and have been popular for many years, but lose 90% of their energy just through the heat they give off.
Halogen Incandescent: Halogen gas began appearing in bulbs after a 2007 law, which prohibited energy wastage in commercial products. This small change improved the energy usage of these bulbs while managing the same amount of light.
CFL: Compact Fluorescents are smaller with more brightness and improved energy efficiency compared to incandescent and halogen incandescent bulbs and have become much more popular recently.
LED: While LED bulbs are the most expensive, their powerful lighting and longer lifespans mean their prices are not too unreasonable.
Changing your lightbulb
1) Turn off the Power
Before you do anything, make sure your light switch is in the “off” position. After doing this, wait a few minutes to ensure that the bulb has cooled down before you touch it.
2) Find something safe to step on
You must find a secure platform to stand on while you work to minimise the risk of falling. This might be a chair, table or step ladder. The important thing is that you should be able to stand on it without it rocking or tipping.
3) Remove the old bulb
If the burnt-out light bulb is within reach, reach out and grasp it. Remember not to squeeze the bulb hard or you’ll risk smashing it. If the bulb doesn’t turn left, freely, the bulb might be a bayonet-style fitting. In this case, push the bulb firmly into the fitting to see if it retracts into the socket. If so, push it all the way in, then twist it left. It should slide, then stop and, when you lift your hand, the bulb should slide out.
4) Replace the bulb
Use the safety instruction guide to replace the bulb and ensure that your new bulb is appropriate for the light fitting you have. Change the light bulb by twisting it up into the socket, using the same amount of force you used to remove the dead one.
5) Test it out
Once the new bulb has been installed, flip the power switch to turn it back on. If your bulb is properly inserted, the light should turn on! Presto!
6) Dispose of your old bulb
It is important to remember that lightbulbs are made of glass which is quite fragile and when shattered poses risks for cuts and injuries. Do not ever throw burnt out bulbs directly into the bin. Instead, wrap up the bulb in another, smaller bag or a large piece of balled up newspaper or magazine pages.
With your bulb changed and the old bulb safely disposed of, there’s nothing left to do but enjoy your newly lit room!
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