The best way to fix a broken bulb

The best way to fix a broken bulb

If, in the process of changing a light bulb, it breaks off in your hand leaving just a few shards and the base stuck in the fixture, it’s important to take safety measures in handling the issue.

To remove the remaining part of the bulb out without a shocking experience, follow these five tips:

1. Turn the power off. If the fixture stands alone, such as a lamp, simply unplug the cord. If you’re dealing with a ceiling fixture, turn the breaker off.

2. Cover your eyes. Shield your eyes with glasses or goggles to protect your eyes from possible falling glass debris.

3. Gloves. Wear leather work gloves to protect your hands against the broken glass. Use those same leather gloves to attempt to get the base out of the light socket first.

4. Use tools. If no more glass is left on the base, use needle nosed pliers to grab the edge of the metal and turn counterclockwise. If you can’t grasp any part of the metal, spread the pliers as far as they can go inside the base and then turn counterclockwise.

If the base still won’t turn, place a small screwdriver between the base and the light fixture and bend the base inward slightly. This should allow enough metal for the pliers to be effective.

5. Try household goods. If glass is still on the base, find a raw potato or a bar of soap, and press firmly over the shards. Again, turn counterclockwise. If you use a potato or soap, be sure to use a dry cloth to clean out the socket.

To prevent future occurrences with removing light bulbs, be careful how tightly you screw in the new bulb. As a final note, don’t forget to sweep up any broken glass or debris on the floor. If you are worried about this DIY chore, call a Boston handyman to take care of the job.


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