In my kitchen I have these large downlighter bulbs which the previous owners
fitted. The thing is, 2 bulbs have gone and I can't get them unscrewed!
There is just so little to get hold of on the bulbs. I have replaced 2
(there are 6 in all) others in the past, but these two just won't undo. They
are R80 60 watt ES type.
PLEASE can anyone help??
Rubber gloves would give you better grip on the glass. Failing that get
the glass envelope out of the base, either by breaking the adhesive
seal, or by brekaing the glass envelope a bit at a time. A pair of long
nosed pliers will then enable you to clean out all the hard adhesive
away from the metal base and then easily unscrew the metal base. Make
sure the power is off, before attempting this!
When fitting screw type lamps, never tighten them all the way. Enough
to make gentle contact is usually enough and make them easily to
I prosume they are flat faced (or flattish) ones? You can buy a little sucker,
it creates a vacuum when pressed to the bulb and then you can turn the handle
on the sucker and hey presto! Don't wet the sucker as this stops the vacuum and
also makes the sucking bit just spin round on the glass.
You should be able to buy from anywhere you can get the bulbs, Tel
Blu-Tak. Work a good sized piece of it in your fingers to soften it then
spread it out over the face of the bulb (1-1.5" dia.) leaving a fair
sized lump in the centre that you can grip with your fingers. Never
failed to get a bulb out using it yet.
What ever you use, make sure the bulb is clean first; IME bulbs in the
kitchen get a film of grease on them and those in the bathroom get a
layer of dust.
We have a similar problem in our kitchen...
I find, if you wobble to bulbs from side to sides a bit, it tends to free
(This is of course assuming you can wobble them in their fitting - mine have
a plastic insert that can be removed for bulb replacement)
Thanks for your help and advice - I smashed the lamps and sorted it that
Unfortunately one now doesn't work so I guess I'll remove the fiting and
test it if a new bulb doesn't work either. Tedious!
There's a trick to removing downlighter bulbs. Electricians use a
rubber sucker. I complained to my installer and he provided me with
one. Works OK once you get the hang of making a decent contact.
Guessing, you can buy one at an electrical supplier. Maybe a glass
supplier. Hope this works.
On Mon, 26 Jan 2004 23:18:39 -0000, "Mike Jones"
Tell me about it. My wife managed to squirt half a (small) bottle of the
stuff into my eye when gluing her nails on. Shat myself? Too right. My last
vision was of the dozens of globules headed in my direction before casualty
got my eyes open again. It was a great shot, though, from around 2 feet
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