How to Remove a Stuck Light Bulb

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How to Remove a Stuck Light Bulb. Changing a light bulb really only takes one person, but that person's job is a whole lot harder when the light bulb is jammed in the socket. There's a simple method involved in removing a stuck light bulb. Gather supplies for the job and follow the instruction below.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy work gloves
  • Protective glasses
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Rag
  • Box
  • 1-inch wooden handle
  • Bar of soap

Unplug the lamp or turn the power off at the circuit box if the light is in wall or mounted on the ceiling.

Wear heavy leather gloves to protect your hands. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and protective glasses to keep glass shards off your skin and out of your eyes.

Cover the bulb with a rag and tightly grasp the bulb near the base. Attempt to turn the light bulb.

Break the stuck bulb inside the rag. Keep glass pieces in the rag and put a box under ceiling or wall lamps to catch any pieces that fall. Clean up the broken bulb before you start working on the stuck base.

Stick the end of a wooden broom, rake or other household item with a handle that's about 1 inch in diameter into the light bulb base.

Twist the handle until it loosens the light bulb base from the socket.

Use a bar of soap if you can't find a wooden handle that fits. Wearing your gloves, firmly press the soap into the base. Turn the soap until the light bulb loosens.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't use a potato to get a broken bulb out. The moisture can cause your light to short out.
  • Be careful not to damage the socket. Use only a circular motion without prying to one side or the other.
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