How To: Change Your light Bulbs (Tips and Considerations)

April 17 2018

When it comes to changing a light bulb, there are some points to take into consideration to help make the process seamless.

The most common types of bulbs used in lights are Gu10 and Mr11. Typically, these bulbs are mostly found in ceiling spotlights and whilst they look great, they can be a little tricky to change. However, there is no need to worry, as we are going to explain to you how it's done.

Step 1

Turn off all the light switches in that room and ensure that the bulb has not been recently powered and is no longer hot. If it's still warm, wait a while until it cools down before attempting to change it.

It's best to change a lightbulb during daylight hours so you will still have access to light, however, if this isn't possible, then it's best to have a torch with you to light the area.

Step 2

Use a ladder or other appropriate platform to reach the light fitting. Under no circumstances should you attempt to use a high stool or swivel chair as, if you need to reach the lightbulb via pushing on your toes, then there is a risk you will fall. You need something that is sturdy and can take your weight.

  • Gu10 bulbs consist of two pegs that need to be pushed in and rotated at 90 degrees anti-clockwise to remove and vice versa.
  • Mr11 bulbs consist of two straight pins and in most cases can usually be pulled straight out.

On occasion, a ceiling spotlight will have a retaining clip that can easily be removed by pinching the two ends together and simply pulling it outwards. To replace the retaining clip once the new bulb has been fitted, you simply need to repeat the same process in reverse.

Occasionally, the bulbs are too tight to twist or pull out, and sometimes require a bulb suction tool which can be purchased for a small price. However, if you don't have one, a great tip is to use a straw folded in half and push it between the gap of the bulb and the blub casing and rotate or pull to remove the bulb.

When buying spotlight bulbs, you should also consider what colour the bulb lets out. There are two main colours that are available, and these are cool blue and warm white. Warm white tends to give off a softer yellowish glow, whereas cool blue tends to be whiter in colour similar to a fluorescent tube light.

Another thing to consider is, rather than using halogen bulbs, you should try using LED bulbs as they boast a host of benefits. Firstly, they are much more cost-effective and environmentally friendly since they don't burn as much power and don’t generate as much heat as a regular halogen bulb. This means they tend to last longer than a regular bulb. LED bulbs do tend to cost more to buy initially, however, they work out cheaper in the long run. They are therefore a worthy investment, you can find them at most major supermarkets, DIY outlets such as B&Q and screw fix or: Ledhut.co.uk and energybulbs.co.uk.

If the bulbs are contained in your plug-in side lamps or your light hanging from the ceiling, these are usually two different types of bulbs. These are screw-in or bayonet bulbs and are both easy to change considering previously stated health and safety concerns.

If you are unsure about what bulb you need to purchase, it's best to remove the existing bulb and bring it with you to the store. Most good shops will be happy to assist you.

Remember, as a tenant it is your responsibility to change bulbs in your home (not your Landlords’). However,  if you are  having trouble with this or just can’t be bothered to do it yourself Morgan Randall can arrange a contractor to come out and do this for you so feel free to speak to the Property Management Team for a quote today.

We hope you find these tips and considerations useful for when it's time for you to change a lightbulb!