July 23, 2010, Newsletter Issue #211: Replacing Bulbs

Tip of the Week

You have a wide choice of colored lampshades, but suppose you like your neutral glass and want colored light that you specify? Colored light bulbs can provide vibrant red energy to a room or mellow yellow sunshine. Best of all, they work like standard light bulbs. They're typically the size and shape of your normal household A-bulb. You can buy colored "party" bulbs for outdoor lanterns and indoor wall sconces. You'll feel as though you're drowning in color. That Color Changing Twist LED Bulb was lighting up your life and those standard 75 watt bulbs have been providing visibility in every room in your house.

The truth is, however, that nothing lasts forever. No matter how good of a bulb you purchase there will come a day when it needs to be replaced. This is generally a task that you can do fairly easily by yourself. It's bound to happen a time or two--you're trying to get that light bulb out and it breaks. What now? There's sharp pieces of glass, the screw is lodged in the socket, and there's no way you're touching those wiggling things that are now exposed. Don't throw in the towel, follow this advice instead (it's probably one of the best light bulb tips ever): Grab a potato. Turn off the power to the light.. Extract the fuse or turn off the breaker (if you don't know how to do this, find someone who does). Push the narrow end of the spud into the screw remains of the bulb.Turn the potato and the broken bulb remains should come out, lodged in the potato.

*It's a good idea to protect your hands and eyes with gloves and goggles.

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