How to Change a Lightbulb

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Change a lightbulb by making sure the wattage is correct. Learn how to change a lightbulb using the home maintenance tips from the owner of a construction company in this free video.

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My name is Ryan Parker of Parker Home Renovations in New Braunfels, Texas and today I'm going to teach you how to change a light bulb. The first thing you need to know about light bulbs is what wattage it is. You can usually find out by looking at the end of the light and a lot of times they will have a wattage number at the end of the light. This one, however, does not. So what you are going to need to do is you are going to need to go over and make sure the light switch is turned off or make sure it is unplugged from the wall. You want to let the light bulb cool down maybe one to two minutes and if you want to you can take the cloth with you such as this and you go over to the light, once the light is off and it has cooled down. You want to grip it lightly, just enough to turn it and you want to turn it to the left until you get it loose and go ahead and take it out. Now if it didn't have a number on the end of the light bulb it will usually have a wattage number on the metal sleeve jacket down at the bottom and what you will want to do is go down to the store and find the appropriate light bulb for that application. Once you get your new light bulb you come on back and you want to take the light bulb, stick it back in the socket, make sure the light is off, the light switch is off and if you are not sure if the light switch is off you can actually turn the breaker off to that room. Then you want to put the light bulb back into the socket and you want to turn it to the right gently until it is fairly tight because then it may break and then you can plug your light back in. You can turn your light switch back on and turn your breaker back on and you have got a fixed light bulb.

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