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Loosening Recessed Light Bulbs

Get a firm grip on a sticky task

Loosening a recessed lightbulb
Illustration by Narda Lebo

Changing a light bulb in a recessed ceiling fixture can drive you crazy. That's because there's very little space between the bulb and the trim ring, making it impossible to get a firm grip on the bulb.

Defeat this frustrating problem with a strip of duct tape. First, make sure the bulb is cool to the touch. Then tear off a 12-inch-long strip of tape and press it onto the middle of the bulb. Fold each end of the tape back against itself to create two nonsticky handles. Grip the handles between your thumb and forefinger and give them a quick twist in a counterclockwise direction. That should loosen the bulb so you can easily spin it out the rest of the way.

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Loosening Recessed Light Bulbs

 

Loosening Recessed Light Bulbs

Loosening Recessed Light Bulbs
Illustration by Narda Lebo

Loosening Recessed Light Bulbs

 
 

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