- : Working with electricity is dangerous. Be extremely careful and, if you have any doubts, contact a professional.
- Step 1: Turn off electricity Unplug a lamp from the wall plug. For a permanent fixture, shut off the circuit breaker.
- Step 2: Insert pliers into fixture Wearing your gloves and safety glasses, insert your needle-nose pliers into the rim of the light bulb.
- TIP: For added friction, wrap electrical tape around the ends of your pliers.
- Step 3: Unscrew bulb Spread the pliers’ handles apart so that the ends push out against the inner wall of the light bulb. Turn the pliers counter-clockwise to unscrew the bulb.
- TIP: If you’re having trouble extracting the bulb using the needle-nose pliers, try using a raw potato to unscrew the bulb.
- Step 4: Discard bulb Discard the broken bulb and screw in the new bulb firmly, but not forcefully.
- Step 5: Turn on power Turn the power back on or plug the fixture back into the wall, and let there be light!
- FACT: Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) use approximately 75% less energy than conventional incandescent bulbs.
You Will Need
- Needle-nose pliers
- Work gloves
- Safety glasses
- Electrical tape (optional)