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How to Change Very High Light Bulbs

Updated February 21, 2017

Changing a light bulb is not typically a complicated task. Despite the joke genre, it really takes only one anybody to change a bulb. However, when a bulb is located on a high ceiling it can leave you perplexed as to how to go about reaching it. While climbing up a ladder to change the bulb is certainly an option, there's a quicker ways to accomplish the task. Use a special tool designed specifically for the task of changing unreachable light bulbs. These tools are used in commercial office buildings and stores, but homeowners can purchase them from janitorial stores and some home improvement and general merchandise stores as well.

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  1. Look at the ceiling to determine whether the bulb has a flat bottom surface, such as recessed lighting, or a standard rounded bulb. If it is a rounded bulb, use a light bulb changer with a basket on the end. If the bulb has a flat surface, choose a light bulb changer with a suction cup on the end.

  2. Hold the light bulb changer upward with the basket or suction cup facing upward. Twist the telescoping pole either left or right to extend it until it reaches the light bulb.

  3. Press a suction cup changer firmly against the flat surface of the bulb you're removing and turn the pole counterclockwise to unscrew the bulb. If the changer has a basket, push it upward until the basket slides around the bulb, then turn the pole counterclockwise to unscrew the bulb.

  4. Lower the pole containing the old bulb and pull the bulb away from the pole to remove it. Discard the old bulb.

  5. Insert a new bulb onto the end of the pole by either pushing it into the basket or pushing it firmly against the suction cup. The base end of the bulb should face upward.

  6. Raise the pole up to the ceiling and align the bulb base with the light socket. Turn the pole clockwise until you feel resistance, which means the bulb is secure.

  7. Pull down on the pole to remove it from the light bulb. For suction cup changers, you may need to angle the pole to the side to break the suction first.

  8. Tip

    If the highlight bulb has a light fixture cover on it, you have no option except to place a ladder under it and climb up to change the bulb.

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Things You'll Need

  • Light-bulb changer
  • Replacement light bulb

About the Author

Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.

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