Maintaining Light Fixture in 2-Story Foyer


Recently bought a resale home with two-story foyer with hanging light fixture. One of six bulbs already was burned out when we moved in. The fixture is glass exterior which necks down to a smaller access on the bottom - you need reach up and in from the bottom to get to the bulbs.
Measurements suggest if I were to use an A-frame ladder to access to clean the glass fixture of dust, and to change bulbs, I would need a 16-ft ladder. These weigh well over one hundred pounds and cost close to $500 including delivery.
An extension ladder won't work because the foyer is large and the fixture is in the center of the foyer, so no adjacent walls are close enough to access from an extension ladder.
Isn't there a better, straightforward solution to maintaining a foyer light fixture?
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Well, if you care to spend $750 plus installation, you can get an Aladdin Light Lift.

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if you have access ABOVE the lamp area you can install a light fixture that drops by cranking or electric down for easy bulb changing. do you have any other such cathedra cieling locations in your home?
you might also be able to get a fibre optic light, the bulb goes at a low convenient place, and the light travels to the fixture by fibre.
might be easier to go to wall sconces or other easy access lamps, and perhaps replace all the lights with long life bulbs using only for special occasions using sconces for everyday use.
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there are no-rinse spray cleaners for chandeliers. if incandescent bulbs are used, use a dimmer switch to prolong their life at a slightly lower brightness. there are bulb changers with handles if your bulbs point down toward you. there are folding collapsing ladders. borrow ideas from neighbors who may have similar problem. there are somewhat expensive LED replacements for many bulbs with much longer life. if the fixture is on a chain, a handle with hook may swing it to nearby stairs for servicing. a telescoping ladder may be the first of your ladder purchases, and has many uses for the new homeowner. if you have gutters that need periodic cleaning measure the ladder you will use for both.
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Dimitrios,
They make pole mounted tools for this.
Dave M.
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On Sun, 28 Jan 2007 09:00:59 -0500, "Dimitrios Paskoudniakis"

CLimb into the attic, and cut an access hatch down from above? Or run cables or planks across the room, and lean an extension ladder against those.
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