How to Change a Recessed Light Bulb on a High Ceiling

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How to Change a Recessed Light Bulb on a High Ceiling
Replacing recessed light on high ceilings does not require using a long ladder. (light 2 image by Igor Pashin from

Recessed lighting offers a clean and modern look. It increases the amount of light in a room and updates the look of a room by providing light in specific areas. Recessed lighting if often found in high ceilings and people tend to become confused when tasked with changing the bulb in such a high location. Replacing the bulb is actually an easy and safe process. It does not require using a long ladder.

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Things you need

  • Light bulb changer with telescoping pole
  • Bulb

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  1. 1

    Extend the pole to the recessed light fixture.

  2. 2

    Place the suction cup over the bulb. The suction cup should stick to the recessed light.

  3. 3

    Unscrew the bulb by turning counter-clockwise (lefty-loosey).

  4. 4

    Place the new bulb on the suction cup and extend the telegraph pole to the recessed fixture.

  5. 5

    Screw the bulb in by turning clockwise (righty tighty).

Tips and warnings

  • Use caution when tightening and loosening the bulb.

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