Properly change a light bulb

Change light bulbLight bulbs can be used in almost every room of a house for efficient lighting, but you need to be sure that you use your light bulbs properly if you want to keep a safe home. Light bulbs can cause dangerous home fires if they are not properly installed. Simply follow the easy steps below, and you will be able to change a light bulb within minutes.

Step1 – Turn the light switch off.
Turn the switch off before you begin and don’t turn it back to on until you’re finished; this will prevent you from being electrocuted.

Step 2 – Make sure the bulb is cool.
If the bulb you are replacing is still working, let it cool down for about 30 seconds or more. If there is no bulb it’s ok to skip this step.

Step 3 – Remove the burnt out bulb and dispose of it properly.
If you don’t have a burnt out bulb to dispose of, proceed to the next step.

Step 4 – Insert the new bulb.
Do not over-tighten or press on the bulb too hard.

Step 5 – Make sure the light bulb works.
Turn on the light switch to make sure the bulb works. If light does not work double check to make sure you installed a new bulb.

Once you properly install the light bulb you should be aware of their fire-starting potential. Did you know that light fixtures and light bulbs are one of the leading causes of electrical fires? In order to keep your home and family safe, make sure to follow these safety tips after installing your light bulbs.

Check the wattage. Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture. Never use a higher wattage bulb than recommended by the manufacturer.

Turn the lights off. Avoid leaving lights on when you are not home. Leaving light bulbs on for a long period of time can cause them to burn and overheat.

Use timers. If you keep forgetting to switch off your lights, hook them up to timers. This will ensure that your light bulbs won’t stay on for too long.

Keep bulbs clutter-free. Make sure your bulbs are surrounded by a couple feet of clear space at all times. That goes double for fabric items like drapes, towels and clothing.

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