3 Tips for Changing a Flood Light Bulb

Food light mounted to the corner of the house
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What You'll Need
Ladder or step ladder
Floodlight bulb
What You'll Need
Ladder or step ladder
Floodlight bulb

A floodlight can be a wonderful ceiling fixture until the floodlight bulb burns out. Changing it can be very challenging, especially if you don’t feel entirely comfortable on a ladder. Additionally, the fixtures that hold the bulb in place can be awkward to remove. In truth, however, it’s not a complex operation and there are ways to make changing a floodlight bulb much easier.

1. Ladder

It doesn’t matter whether the floodlight is inside or outside; changing the floodlight bulb will mean that you have to use a ladder or stepladder. Before you climb you need to make sure the ladder is secure. With an extension ladder, check that all the rungs are safe and that the ladder is secure on the ground and against the wall. This will stop it from swaying as you climb to change the floodlight bulb. The ladder should be extended enough for you to work comfortably without being on the top rung.

If you’re using a step ladder, check to be certain that the arms are properly apart and the braces are fully extended. The ladder needs to sit firmly and squarely on the ground. When you’re working, you should not be at the top of the step ladder to change the floodlight bulb. If you’re uncomfortable on a ladder, work slowly. It’s much better to take your time rather than trying to rush through the job. You can also ask someone else to change the bulb if you are uncomfortable working at heights.

2. Bulb

Two flood lights laying next to each other

You need to keep an adequate number of spare bulbs around the home. If you do this, you won’t need to dash off to the hardware store to find a new floodlight bulb when an old one burns out. Keep a variety of bulbs on hand because different fixtures will use different bulbs. Making a note of which fixture accommodates which bulb will make the job go easier. Make sure that the bulb is the correct wattage for the fixture before you screw it into place.

3. Changing the Bulb

Sometimes, a floodlight bulb will simply screw out and you will only need to screw a new one in place. This is the best-case scenario, but it won’t always happen this way. Make sure the lights are off before you change a floodlight bulb and that the old bulb has time to cool so that you can handle it without burning your fingers. Don’t turn the lights back on until the new flood light bulb is in place.

Often, the bulb will have a protective cover to keep it in place. It could be something as simple as a springy piece of wire that you will need to remove before fitting the new bulb (keep it secure and replace it after you’ve fitted the new floodlight bulb). If there’s any trim that keeps the bulb in place, unscrew it and keep the screws safe so you can replace them later. Take the correct screwdriver up the ladder with you to prevent having to make two trips up and down.

Always take two bulbs with you and stay up the ladder while someone else turns on the light to ensure the bulb works. This way, if it’s faulty, you’re already in a position to try a new flood light bulb.