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How to remove a broken light bulb


Step 1. Before you start to remove the broken bulb, turn off the power to the light (or unplug the lamp, if that’s what you’re working on). Then, with the light switch in the ON position, place the tip of your voltage sensor in the bro ken bulb base. If the sensor beeps or lights up, then the wires are still live and are not safe to work. Check the main circuit panel again and trip the correct breaker to disconnect power to the light. If the sensor does not beep or light up, the circuit is dead and safe to work on.

 

Step 2. Put on safe glasses and a pair of heavy leather work gloves. Use your needle nose pliers to remove any broken shards of glass still attached to the light bulb base. If you’re working on a ladder, have a helper hold the base of the ladder.

 

Step 3. Insert the needlenose pliers into the broken bulb base as far as they will go. Spread the handles of the pliers firmly apart (this will cause the jaws to press against the inside of the socket), and turn the pliers slowly counterclockwise, unscrewing the bulb base. if the bulb won’t budge, try wrapping the jaws of the pliers in duct tape for extra grip.

 

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Needlenose pliers are handy for all sorts of household repairs, not just wiring. They come in many sizes. A good basic pair should have jaws around 3” long and comfortable handles.

 

 

 

 

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