Changing the light bulb is one of the most mundane tasks around the house, but you can’t escape from it. The job can be demanding and is extremely tricky for the first few times until you get the hang of it. After all, you are handling electric equipment and safety is paramount! Even professional electricians are attuned to following safety measures, as something could go wrong at any point in time which might lead to a shock or cause injury from the cracks on the surface of the worn-out bulb.
Know Your Bulb Type
There are about a dozen types of bulbs in the market that are sold by different manufacturers. The most common ones are; light-emitting diode (LED), incandescent, compact fluorescent (CFL), and halogen bulbs. LEDs are mostly preferred for household applications as they are energy efficient and also last longer than any other option. With a capacity to run continuously for 100,000 hours or as much as 20 years, it is the first choice for most buyers.
What’s the Watt?
Watts determine how much energy the lightbulb uses. A higher watt bulb will emit brighter light but will use up more power. So, the simple equation is more the wattage, the more power your bulb will consume. In our homes, for a small to medium-sized room, a standard 60-watt bulb should work fine. We recommend not to overdo the watt capacity and stick to what’s recommended. For example, a night lamp that can accommodate a 60-watt bulb, can’t handle a 100-watt LED. This may cause a fire hazard and is totally unsafe!
Step-wise Guide To Changing a Light Bulb
Turn Off The Switches – Did you know that a bulb could burst if you tried changing it while the power is still on? Another hazard is that you might get electrocuted by touching the socket with your bare hands. Well, we are not trying to scare you here, but just ensure that the power is off for good! We would also advise you to wait for 15 seconds to a minute after turning the power off before you get onto the task of changing the bulb to ensure extra safety. This also gives enough time for the bulb to cool down and prevent your hands from getting burnt.
Choose a Sturdy Stool - The base of the stool should be firmly rooted on the ground and not be hunky-dory! It should be able to sustain your weight for a good 10 minutes so that you can be at ease without worrying about falling. If you don’t have a correct-sized stool at home, use a chair or a ladder and shake it a couple of times to ensure it doesn’t collapse. The aim is to feel completely confident while reaching up high to change your bulb.
Carefully Remove the Old Bulb – Simply get a good grasp of the worn-out bulb and twist it to the left. Don’t hold the bulb too tight, or you might risk breaking the glass and hurting yourself. If the bulb has a crack, use a pair of pliers to grip the base of the bulb and twist it anti-clockwise till it slips out of the socket. You might have to give a slight push inwards before you turn it. Once you have the bulb in your hands, place it on a flat surface so that it doesn’t roll over, until you’ve replaced it with the new one.
Fix The New Light Bulb - Read through the manual that came with the new bulb or simply watch a YouTube video before you start the task. Most bulbs are fitted by gently pushing them into the socket and aligning it by turning the bulb clockwise. You will hear a ‘click’ sound and that’s when you know it’s properly placed onto the holder. Gently pull the bulb outward to see if it is firmly gripped and won’t fall down.
Turn on The Power – Once your bulb is installed, turn the power switch on. If the bulb is properly inserted, it will illuminate light and you can breathe a sigh of relief! Kudos to your efforts. Don’t forget to give yourself a tap for the job well done.
Dispose of Your Old Light Bulb – These bulbs are really fragile and it would be a bad idea to drop them in the bin randomly. Instead, wrap the old bulb with a newspaper to avoid causing injury to the sanitation workers. Also, your LED bulbs are highly recyclable and their glass & metal body is reusable. This isn’t the case with fluorescent and incandescent variants, as they are not recyclable and are even hazardous due to the mercury content in them. If you haven’t already switched to LEDs, we urge you to take the step today!
If you still don’t feel confident to try a DIY, simply give us a call and our expert team of electricians in Dubai will be at your doorstep instantly!