How to Change a Halogen 35W Bulb

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Halogen bulbs are incandescent bulbs that shine brighter and softer than traditional incandescent bulbs, using less wattage to produce the same amount of light. They're used throughout the home, including in pot lights and tall floor lamps. The bulbs might seem difficult to remove because you usually have to pull on them to get them out. In general, though, you can change 35-watt halogen bulbs yourself, with just a little bit of know-how and the confidence that you're doing it right.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Cotton glove, tissue or non-lint cloth

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    Unplug the lamp, and allow enough time for the bulb to cool if it has been in use. About 10 or 15 minutes will probably suffice for a 35-watt halogen bulb.

  2. 2

    Remove the cover, if applicable. How to do this varies among lamps. For example, there may be clips to lift or screws to back out to remove a tempered glass. Read your lamp's manual for instructions.

  3. 3

    Wear cotton gloves or hold a tissue or non-linen cloth so you don't damage the glass. If you do inadvertently touch the glass, clean the salts and oils your hands can leave behind with a cotton ball moistened with rubbing alcohol.

  4. 4

    Remove the old bulb. This also varies among lamps. A 35-watt halogen bulb with pins can be pulled right out. A halogen tube is secured in place with springs on either end. Gently pull up on the tube to remove. Discard in the trash. Halogen bulbs are not recyclable.

  5. 5

    Push the new bulb back in the same way as you removed the old one. If it the bulb is a halogen tube, insert it in a similar manner as you would a spring-loaded toilet tissue holder.

  6. 6

    Replace the cover, if applicable, and plug your light back in.

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