How to change lightbulbs

How to change lightbulbs

Depending on the type of lightbulbs you are trying to change, replacing an old lightbulb might prove to be more challenging than you thought. Whether you have never changed a lightbulb before or are trying to replace a hard-to-reach lightbulb, we are here to help. We’ve put together a simple guide on how to change a variety of lightbulbs. Do you want to hire someone to change light bulbs instead of doing it yourself? The team at the Handy Squad will be right there.

Safety precautions.

Before you start unscrewing your lightbulb, there are a few safety precautions to keep in mind.

1. Turn off the power. Never do any electrical work with the electricity on.

2. Make sure the lightbulb is cool. Incandescent lightbulbs can reach high temperatures, so allow them to cool down before changing them.

3. Use a step ladder when changing hard-to-reach lightbulbs.

How to change a basic light bulb.

After turning off the power, you can start changing your lightbulb. A basic lightbulb includes any lightbulb that is easy to reach, including lamp lightbulbs. There are two main types of basic bulbs: screw fitting and bayonet. Screw fitting bulbs, as the name says, have a screw-type fitting. Bayonet mount bulbs, as Real Homes explains, have “two prongs fit into a matching fixture”.

– Screw fitting lightbulbs.

Step 1. Gently grab the lightbulb and turn it counterclockwise. It should come loose from the socket and you can easily remove it. Follow step 2 below.

– Bayonet mount lightbulbs.

Step 1. Hold the bulb firmly and gently push upwards while turning it counterclockwise until it comes out of the socket.

Step 2. Once your lightbulb has been removed, get the replacement lightbulb. Firmly push the bulb into the socket, and turn it clockwise until it locks into place.

How to change a recessed lightbulb.

Recessed lightbulbs usually have a trim cover around them to give the ceiling lights a perfect finish. Some trim covers need to be fully removed to replace the lightbulb. Others have a pin inside which needs to be pinched, removed and then allow you to unscrew the lightbulb. Check the type of trim cover your recessed lightbulbs have before trying to fiddle with them.

Once you have access to your lightbulb, unscrew it counterclockwise until it comes out of the socket. Push your replacement bulb into the socket and turn it clockwise until it locks into place.

For lightbulbs in hard-to-reach places, such as high ceilings, pick up a bulb changer pole from a local hardware store.

How to change a broken lightbulb.

To change a broken lightbulb, you need a few more safety measures on top of the ones already mentioned. This includes safety equipment, such as work gloves and safety glasses. You will also need needle-nose pliers.

Step 1. Insert the pliers into the rim of the lightbulb and spread the handlers apart. The ends of your pliers should be pushing against the inside of the lightbulb.

Step 2. Turn the pliers counterclockwise to unscrew the lightbulb.

Step 3. Dispose of the broken lightbulb safely, and then get your replacement bulb.

Step 4. Gently but firmly insert it into the socket and turn it clockwise.

How to dispose of used lightbulbs.

Halogen bulbs and incandescent bulbs can be disposed of with your general rubbish as they do not contain any hazardous materials. If your lightbulbs are broken, wrap them up before placing them in the bin.

If you prefer to hire someone else to change your lightbulbs, our electricians in London are happy and ready to help. Our professional tradesmen can complete (almost!) any job you throw at them, so whether you need help replacing a hard-to-reach lightbulb or want a professional to replace a light fixture, we will be able to help. Book our London electricians today by filling our online booking form or give us a call on 0800-0-12-12-12.


At the Handy Squad, we strongly advise that you always take safety precautions into consideration when undertaking a DIY project. We also strongly suggest that you closely read and follow the instructions, that are provided by the manufacturer, of any building materials, products or tools you use for your projects.

Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

When using our articles for information and advice, please note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are capable of undertaking and executing the task you wish to complete.

Before starting a DIY task, it is essential that you inform yourself of any existing building, gas, water and electrical works regulations. If you were to have any further concerns, we recommend that you complete additional research and/or contact the necessary professional body.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified tradesperson completes the relevant safety tests and checks on any DIY work you have completed. 

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