Halogen down lights are extremely bright and are mainly used in a spotlight fashion. Homeowners usually place them in strategic areas to illuminate a specific part of the room such as a countertop or reading area. Halogen lamps tend to last much longer than their incandescent counterparts. However, older halogens are extremely inefficient. You may want to replace the lamps with newer bulbs that reduce the wattage needed to provide the same kind of illumination. You may just want to replace a burnt out bulb. Either way, the process is very straightforward.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Step ladder
- Needle-nose pliers (optional)
- Cloth gloves
- Replacement lamp
Turn off the electricity at the main breaker. Allow the lights to cool for at least 20 minutes before attempting to change any lamps.
Place the step ladder directly underneath the down light you want to replace.
Put on the cloth gloves. Halogen bulbs are extremely temperature sensitive. Oils from your fingers can cause uneven heating on the bulb's surface and lead to shattering.
Determine which type of fitting your halogen down light uses. Two basic types of bayonet fittings exist. Plug-in fittings simply require you to plug the prongs of the halogen bulb into the fitting. These fittings have a retaining ring the holds them in place. The second type is a twist lock. The prongs fit into the holes and require a 90-degree twist to lock into place.
Remove the bulb from the fitting. For a plug in fitting, use the needle-nose pliers to squeeze the two prongs of the retaining ring together. Pull the ring out and the bulb drops down. Unplug the bulb from the fitting. Conversely, for a twist fitting, push in slightly on the edges of the bulb and twist the bulb counterclockwise 90 degrees. The bulb will drop down slightly. Pull the bulb out.
Read the bulb type printed on the side of the bulb. Purchase a compatible bulb or a replacement bulb of the same model.
Insert the new bulb into the fitting and secure it in the ceiling housing. Turn on the electricity. Turn on the lights to test the replacement bulb.
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