Light bulb stuck

Old 11-20-16, 11:45 AM
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Light bulb stuck

I've got a light bulb stuck in its socket. What makes this especially challenging is that the socket has come loose from its housing, so I can't use the duct tape trick or anything. Can anyone give me some ideas?
Old 11-20-16, 12:08 PM
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Is the socket turning when you try to turn bulb base? Any side showing where you can hold it? Most likely will have to take apart fixture to replace socket.
Old 11-20-16, 02:49 PM
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What type of fixture are you dealing with? Shoot a pic or 2 so we can see it.
Old 11-20-16, 03:01 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

I agree...a picture is needed.
Old 11-21-16, 04:55 AM
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I make sure the power is off. Then try to hold the socket with a thin pair of channel lock pliers to prevent it from turning. Then while wearing a heavy leather glove I try unscrewing the bulb. Half the time it unscrews and half the time you break the glass globe off the bulbs' base. Now you've got the metal part of the bulb stuck in the socket. Then use a pair of needle nose pliers to grab the top lip of the metal and bend it inwards. Work your way around the bulb base pulling the metal inwards until you can unscrew it or just pull it out.
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Note, when you turn the power off, do so at the breaker. Some lights are wired with power to the bulb and then a wire to the switch to turn the light on/off. In that case the light is off but there is still power at the bulb, ouch.


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