How to Change a Maglite Bulb

Written by kimberly johnson
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Maglite flashlights are one of the most recognisable names in lighting due to their durability. Maglites are available in sizes that range from a single-cell light all the way up to four-cell light. Other than replacing the batteries, the most common repair for a Maglite is replacing the light bulb, also called the lamp. Luckily, replacing the light bulb is a very easy task and the procedure is the same for almost every brand of Maglite flashlight.

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  1. 1

    Turn the tail cap of the Maglite, located near the battery compartment, in a counterclockwise direction until the end cap comes loose.

  2. 2

    Hold the tail cap between both hands and twist one side in a counterclockwise direction to remove the lamp protector.

  3. 3

    Look inside the lamp protector for the spare light bulb that comes with all Maglites. Remove the bulb from the lamp protector.

  4. 4

    Reattach the lamp protector to the tail cap by turning it clockwise and then reattach the tail cap to the Maglite.

  5. 5

    Unscrew the entire head assembly from the opposite end of the flashlight by turning it counterclockwise.

  6. 6

    Remove the retaining collar from the Maglite by turning it in a counterclockwise direction.

  7. 7

    Unscrew the light bulb by turning it counterclockwise. Discard the bulb.

  8. 8

    Insert new bulb into the Maglite and turn clockwise to secure.

  9. 9

    Replace the retaining collar and head gasket.

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