Changing a light bulb is supposed to be an easy task. In fact, there are even jokes about it. However, if you aren't careful when changing a light bulb, you could end up harming yourself. Luckily, following these three tips should help you do so safely.
1. Always Turn Off The Light Switch
First of all, make sure that you always flip off the light switch before changing your light bulbs. It might not seem like a big deal to quickly unscrew your old bulb and screw in your new one without turning off the switch, but changing your light bulb while there is power to the light fixture could result in an electric shock.
2. Shield Your Hand From The Heat
Light bulbs can be extremely hot when you remove them from an existing light fixture and can cause serious burns if you aren't careful. If you are changing an active bulb out with a different type of bulb (perhaps for energy efficiency), it is best to turn off the light and wait long enough for the light bulb to cool down completely before you change your bulb. If this is not possible, however, you will want to use a pot holder or something similar to protect your hand from the heat. When disposing of the light bulb, make sure that you do not place it in a plastic trash bag—otherwise, the heat of the light bulb could cause the bag to melt.
3. Check The Wattage
Don't just grab a light bulb off of a shelf and put it in your light fixture. Different light fixtures are rated for different wattages, and if your light bulb has too much wattage for your light fixture, it could cause the bulb to burst. Since this is obviously a dangerous situation that you want to avoid, it is important to check to determine the proper wattage to use. If you still have the package that your light fixture came in, or if you have the manual, you should be able to find this information. You may also be able to check the side of the socket where the light bulb is to be inserted; this information is usually printed on the side. If you are unable to find this information, it is best to err on the side of caution and ask an electrician before putting the wrong light bulb in the socket.
As you can see, there are actually a few things that you need to remember when changing your light bulbs, no matter how easy the job is. Luckily, following these tips should keep you safe when doing so. For more information or assistance with your electrical needs, consider contacting companies like JF Electrical Contractors, Inc.