Replace a ceiling light, making sure the light switch is off. Learn how to replace a ceiling light using the home maintenance tips from the owner of a construction company in this free video.
My name's Ryan Parker with Parker Home Renovations in New Braunfels, Texas and today I'm going to teach you how to replace a ceiling light. Now, a lot of people have ceiling lights in their house that burn out and they don't, maybe they don't quite know what to do or they don't have the tools needed to fix it. Well, I'm going to tell you what tools you're going to need and what you need to do to fix it today. The first thing you're going to need is a ladder, like this. Probably, depending on the ceiling height, in most cases a six-foot ladder will work. If not, you may need to get a taller ladder but what you're going to want to do, is you're going to want to turn the light switch off. If you're not sure if the light switch is off or on, you can actually go outside and turn the breaker off to that room. Now, once it's off, you want to let the light bulb cool down. Once the light bulb is cooled down, you go ahead and climb up your ladder, be very careful, I would actually suggest having someone hold the ladder for you so you don't fall off. Let the light bulb cool down, then you want to grip the light bulb gently and turn it to the left until it unscrews out of the socket. Once you get the light bulb out, you want to grab the new light bulb and then you want to stick it back in the socket and then turn it to the right until it gets somewhat tight. Now when replacing a light bulb, keep in mind that there are different types of light bulbs. You have different wattages, so when taking out the original light bulb, look at the end of the light bulb and it will have a wattage number or you can metal sleeve jacket on the light bulb, once you get it out, and it will have a number down here, a wattage number. Lower wattage light bulbs require less energy and put out less light, higher wattage require more energy and put out more light, and that's how you change a light bulb.