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How to remove a broken light bulb (Page 2)


Step 4. If the lamp is still stuck, use the tip of needle-nose pliers to grab the lip of the bulb base and bend it in slightly on one side. Grip the bent portion firmly with the pliers, and pull the base counter clockwise to unscrew the bulb.

 

WHAT IF...?

What if the bulb still won’t turn?

The base of the bulb is soft aluminum, and, if you pull hard enough, it will begin to tear much like a pop can. If you can’t twist the bulb out, you may be able to create a little tear in the edge of the base. Try to fold the tear back. You’ll probably rip a piece of the bulb off. Eventually, you’ll have the whole socket out.

 

Step 5. If the broken bulb is in a hard-to-reach location or if you’re not comfortable working on top of a ladder, you can buy a broken bulb extractor (available at hardware stores for less than $10) and screw it on to the end of a broom handle or extension pole. Simply insert the extractor into the socket. Its rubber sides grip the edge of the bulb base and give enough grip to allow you to turn the base out of the socket.

 

Step 6. Once the bulb is out, wipe away any corrosion in the socket with a rag. If bulbs often get stuck in a particular fixture, use a bulb socket lubricant (available at hardware stores) to lubricate the light bulb base and prevent corrosion. And remember, there’s no need to twist hard when installing a bulb.

 

 

 

 

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