How to Replace a Halogen Light Bulb

A man installs a halogen light bulb.
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What You'll Need
Halogen replacement bulb
Cloth gloves
What You'll Need
Halogen replacement bulb
Cloth gloves

A halogen light bulb emits intense light and has more illuminating power than other conventional light bulbs. It is part of the family of incandescent light bulbs and is highly efficient. Many homes and industries today prefer halogen bulbs because of their illumination features. The main component of a halogen light bulb is a thin wire filament that is heated by electricity and in turn produces a bright, white light. When changing halogen light bulbs, you will have to be very careful since they can become really hot. Here is how to replace halogen light bulbs safely.

Step 1 - Turn Off the Power

Make sure to turn off the lighting fixture and unplug it from its electrical source before you start. Do not immediately remove the light bulb after use. You should allow a full ten minutes for it to cool before unscrewing it. To be sure, quickly feel the bulb first to make sure that it is cool enough and safe for removal.

Step 2 - Detach the Bulb

When your light bulb housing uses a heat guard or other protective covering, carefully detach it first, then set it aside for reattachment. When unscrewing bulbs, grasp them gently but firmly, and turn them counterclockwise. You can use a cloth rag or glove for added protection.

Do not squeeze or forcibly remove a hard to unscrew light bulb as the glass may break and cut your skin; it is recommended that you use a light bulb grip for this purpose. A light bulb grip is available in most hardware and lighting shops.

Step 3 - Install a New Halogen Light Bulb

A light fixture with halogen light bulbs.

Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on the type of halogen light bulb rating to use for your lighting fixture. Use cloth gloves when handling new halogen light bulbs. Our hands contain oils that can be transferred to bulb surfaces which when heated produces a dark stain.

When putting new light bulbs in, screw the replacement bulbs in a clockwise fashion into the fixtures until they stop. Then check to see that the fitting is tight and secure. Make sure to use a cloth rag or glove for this purpose. When installing new light bulbs, make sure they are at room temperature. There is a risk of an explosion once the switch is turned on if you install a halogen light bulb that is too cold to the touch.

Step 4 - Discard Old Halogen Bulbs

When disposing of old bulbs, wrap them first in a thick paper to prevent injury or cuts if the glass breaks.

Step 5 - Check the New Halogen Bulb

A lamp with halogen light bulbs.

Once the new bulb is firmly in place, re-plug the fixture into its electrical source and then turn on the switch to make sure that the replacement bulb is working.

Halogen bulbs are long-lasting, resulting in user's cost savings. However, care is needed when removing and replacing old halogen bulbs since incorrect handling may cause serious injuries.