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[6 Steps] How To Remove A Stuck Light Bulb Safely?

Since this is a common problem, we decided to share a  method that will be useful as well as easy to remember which includes- suction cups and duct tape. If your bulb is for the living room, it would be harder to do this but for regular rooms, it will be way easier.

While performing this procedure, you need to take utmost care because if the bulb breaks during the procedure, it might be more difficult to remove. Use with caution.

By the end of this article, you will know how to safely remove a stuck light bulb. We have mentioned a step-by-step procedure below, keeping in mind your safety as well. 


How To Remove A Stuck Light Bulb Safely?

In order to remove a stuck light bulb safely make sure you follow the following procedure given below carefully: 

  1. To begin, make sure that the power has been turned off.  You can unplug lamps and other lights if they are plugged in. If you cannot unplug the fixture, turn off the circuit breaker (best solution) or at least turn off the wall switch and tape it in the off position.
  1. The second step is to put on safety glasses and gloves. You do not want to cut yourself with broken glass if the bulb breaks while you are working on it. 

    Rubber dishwashing gloves can often improve your grip to the point where you can twist the bulb without further effort. Choosing a method to extract it is the last step.                                       
  1. A small suction cup tool can be used to fix a flat-bottomed bulb inside a ceiling can.  They can be purchased online or at any home improvement store. An example of one that can be used with or without an extension pole is shown here for high ceiling lights or security bulbs. 

    Hold the suction cup tightly against the bulb and twist the handle to the left.  If the suction breaks, try moistening the suction cup and pressing it again to form a tighter seal.
  1. To create a handhold, you can use duct tape (or wide masking tape). Get as much of the strip on the glass as you can by cutting it about 8 inches long.  If you can, place it over both sides of the bulb. 

    In the middle of the light, squeeze the tape so it forms a tab that hangs down an inch or so, then press the rest of the tape against the bulb to create friction. 

    Simply twist the tape tab to the left, and you should feel the light bulb begin to rotate out of the socket.
  1. Even if you have a standard pear-shaped bulb or any kind of bulb, you can use tape in the same manner to gain a better grip on it.  Wait several minutes after you turn off the bulb to ensure it is cool. 

    Cut two 6 inch long strips of duct tape (or masking tape) if you can reach around the bulb.  Tape one strip on each side of the bulb, then clamp the extra tape together so that a tab protrudes from each side.

    Hold the tabs and turn the bulb to the left.  You shouldn’t have to squeeze the bulb, so you’re less likely to break it.
  1. After removing the old bulb, install the new one. A small amount of silicone spray can be used to lubricate the threads. 

    Finally, wipe the bulb with a towel one last time to ensure hand oils are not left on the glass, which can shorten bulb life. Do not overtighten it, just snug it up. You don’t want to repeat this process again. Connect the power and you’re done.


To prevent electrical shock, it’s best to cut power to the light source before removing a stuck bulb from a light socket. Turning off the switch doesn’t always work. With multiple switches controlling the light, it can be difficult to tell if the light is actually off. Be sure the power to the light is off by switching off the breaker.

If the bulb breaks during the procedure, you might also be handling broken glass, which shatters and splinters easily, so you should wear eye protection and gloves when handling broken bulbs. Staying one step ahead is always the best course of action.

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