How to Get a Broken Bulb Out of a Socket

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Accidents can happen, and sometimes a light bulb breaks while it's still in the socket. Maybe your kids knocked over a lamp, or maybe the base came apart from the bulb when you tried to unscrew it. Now you have a tricky situation because you need to get the broken bulb out without cutting or electrocuting yourself. But you don't need a tool kit or pliers to remove that bulb--you can do it with a potato!

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Potato
  • Sheet or tarp
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Trash bag
  • Vacuum
  • Use a knife to cut a potato in half.

  • Turn off the light.

  • Lay down a sheet or tarp under the light to catch any glass that may fall.

  • Put on safety goggles to protect your eyes from glass.

  • Put on work gloves to protect your hands.

  • Push the flat side of the halved potato into the light socket and twist it counterclockwise.

  • Pull on the potato and remove the bulb.

  • Pick up the sheet and shake any glass into a trash bag.

  • Vacuum the area to ensure that no glass remains.

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