I recently cleaned the glass 'shades' on a couple of ceiling fans and
an overhead light fixture, all of which required removal of the bulbs
before removing the shades.
Out of twelve bulbs, only two or three came out easily. The remainder
seemed gritty and did not want to come out easily.
So, does anybody have a good remedy to enable easier removal of
bulbs in such situations?
Gritty? Plaster dust maybe? Anyway: the following has
worked for me lots of times.
POWER OFF! Assuming correct wiring polarities (I always
PROVE the hot/neutral are in fact both dead, with a cheap RS
WD-40: Spray into each socket. Wipe out with a clean, dry
cloth. You don't need so much you drench the carpet; keep a
rag underneath when you spray it.
Test with bulb: still grinding? Repeat.
Still gritty? It's probably not grit - suspect other
Years ago it was standard practice to apply a thin coat of Vaseline to the
screw base of each bulb to prevent corrosion and the sticking you have.
To remove stuck bulbs, turn of the power (Do I have to say that?), crack the
glass on the bulb and jam the pointed tips of a pair of long-nose pliers
into the base of the bulb. The pliers can be twisted with enough force to
free the bulb.
As noted, first make sure all the power is off. Second check to make
sure all the power is off.
Also as noted make sure things are clean.
Next consider a lube made for that use. Vaseline has been reported to
cause some problems.
Always buy quality bulbs and lamps. Cheap aluminum lamp bases and
sockets are asking for the kind of problem you are experiencing. Watch out
for brass colored lamps.
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