Changing a light bulb seems to be one of the simplest tasks in the world and it really is! The big problem is that the simpler, the less attention and care people have. And with that the risks of accidents end up increasing a lot.
In this article, we will show you the correct way to change the fluorescent, incandescent and LED lamp. See what not to do when changing the lamp, what are the main risks and what to do with the lamps after use.
Follow each information carefully because as we speak, this simple act can cause serious and even fatal accidents. Accidents that could be easily avoided with some small safety measures which is the first topic of our article!
Changing lamp: Safety measures
The first step is to remove the burnt-out lamp, but before taking any action you should check that the power is off. If not, it is essential to turn off the power to avoid any risk of electrical accident.
In installations where the circuits are divided and the QDC is well identified, just turn off the circuit breaker of the lighting part inside the QDC. Now when there is no QDC in the property, the orientation is to turn off the general circuit breaker that is in the input pattern.
The safety measures adopted should not be restricted only to the electrical part, since there are risks of falling and even of the impact caused by the tools when they fall during the repair. So it’s good to be very careful when climbing chairs and stairs!
If the lamp was in operation when it burned out, it is advisable to wait for it to cool down before changing. As the glass of the lamp becomes very hot during use, especially in the case of incandescent lamps, the person may get burned or even drop after contact.
Always use firm staircases and avoid using chairs as much as possible, if you do not have a staircase at home, choose the firmest chair you have and if possible, always count on the help of another person to hold the ladder or chair while you do it the exchange.
There are people who are afraid of heights or balance problems that make it impossible for them to climb stairs and chairs to make the repair, in this case you can use a product called a “lamp-holder”, which allows the repair to be done even from the floor, but the most suitable is to hire a specialized professional to make the exchange.
How to change a common light bulb?
To change those common socket lamps, whether incandescent, fluorescent or LED, the process is the same. Simply unscrew the bulb counterclockwise until it comes out of the socket. In cases where it is too tight, start the process by holding the socket base, but never touch the contacts or the metal part of the lamp.
If you are not careful when handling the lamp and tools, you can drop them and hit the person helping you, be very careful! Hold the lamp firmly, but be careful not to overtighten the lamp as this can cause the glass to break and you may cut yourself.
After removing the old lamp, simply screw the new lamp clockwise until it is securely attached. Be careful not to overtighten the lamp, as this may damage the thread.
How to change a fluorescent tube lick?
When the lamp starts to blink too much during operation, or when its tips turn black, this is the time to insert a new lamp. Following all the precautions previously explained to turn off the power to the lighting points, the procedure for changing the lamp is very smooth!
Hold the middle of the lamp with one hand and with the free hand you must pull the side cover off. The lamps are fitted into two plugs on each side, so just pull them out until they disengage from the socket. Then just take the new lamp and plug it in again, make sure that the lamp is properly inserted before finishing the task and turning on the lamp.
How to change lamp on the ceiling?
Changing the lamp can be a more complicated task when replacing it in places that are difficult to access. When the lamp is on the ceiling, it is almost always protected by a panel, chandelier, globe or any other accessory. In some cases you will need a screwdriver to remove it and get to the lamp.
There are several types of luminaires, so before going up the stairs to change the lamp, evaluate how to unlock each luminaire to access the lamp, this is important to reduce the risk of accidents. And again we warn about the care when handling the tool and this accessory.
In this case we have another tip, using the right screwdriver will make the task much easier. When the fixture has a metal frame, you need to be even more careful, because an electric shock in these conditions can cause a very high drop. Drilling with the wrong screwdriver will delay service, possibly damaging both the tool and the screw.
Another risk when forcing is that you can lose your balance and fall from the ladder or chair, which could cause an accident and still put the person who is helping you at risk. Take great care, every extra step should mean twice as much care during the task!
What to do with the burnt out lamp?
After the lamp is replaced and the new one is already working perfectly, it is time to ensure the safety of everyone who will handle the burnt-out lamp to its proper disposal location. As the lamps break easily, leaving them in the trash anyway is very dangerous.
Don’t be negligent because garbage collectors can cut themselves with the broken glass if it breaks. So, the correct attitude is to wrap the lamp in sheets of newspaper or magazine, writing on the sheet an indication that there is glass inside. While you are not putting out the garbage to be collected, keep this package out of the reach of children and pets, precisely to avoid any risk of accident.
As glass is a type of recyclable material, you must dispose of it in the correct garbage, and if in your city you have associations that work with this recyclable material, it is best to direct the glass to be disposed of in these places.