I have some light fittings where the bulb is tightly screwed in. The bulbs
almost appear to be glued in. I can't remove them for fear of breaking the
bulb. Any suggestions for loosening the bulbs? How about WD 40 or some such?
Yep, try spraying the base of the bulb with WD 40 and let
sit for a few minutes (or overnight if you wish). You are
likly to have to bite the bullet and just twist and they may
break. No big deal, just use a leather glove and a thick
towel. Don't forget to turn the fixture off, or better,
flip the breaker. If it blub breaks try the old potato
trick-- shove a potato tapered into the base and turn the
potato. You may end up having to grab the base with a pair
of needle nose pliers and twisting the base.
If they do break, (make sure the power is off) and use a potato.
Push it onto the broken socket of the bulb and unscrew it.
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Hold it. Now we have to discuss what type of potato. I've
always tried a white potato (russet) but after looking a the
yam or sweetpotato lying on the counter I think I'd go with
that--harder than Hades and already the correct shape.
This is Turtle.
You know your right here. i thought about it and there is one Tator that
would be far superior to any other Tator and that would be a Keel Dried
Sweet Tator with a 1.35" head on it. The Keel dried sweet tators are very
dry and more harder to take the added pressure when you twisted on the
So i say use the Keel Dried Sweet Tator with 1.35" head on both ends to have
a back up head to twist on it if your first head splits under pressure.
Good Point here.
Use a rag or something to get it out and if it breaks you can take a
pair of needle nose pliers and work the base out. If it is really
stuck in there you can bend the broken bulbs base in as you twist and
get the base out. Turn of power preferably at the breaker before
fooling with it.
OK, after you get the bulb out go to home cheapo or lowes or an
electrical supply house and buy a small container of NOALOX....this is
paste used to coat aluminum wire connections. You can use it on
aluminum or brass based light bulbs as a lubricant and this will
prevent this from happening again.
Some people also use plain old vaseline, vaseline is non conductive
but a thin layer is all you need and it doesnt seem to impede the
grounding. The NOALOX is conductive and is a better choice if you can
find it. You dont need much, just a thin coating on the threads.
I use NOALOX on all my outdoor bulbs. I had to replace a very old
fixture on my back porch after the whole fixture fell apart trying to
get a bulb out.
Lots of good answers above.
But when you replace any bulb, you should apply something to the base
of the new bulb before you screw it in so it doesn't stick to the
socket. I'm a guy with greasy hair that leaves nasty rings around
the collar, so if I haven't showered then I just rub the bulb in my
hair before inserting and it works fine. Otherwise I stop by the
pantry and get a dab of cooking oil to lubricate the base.
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