A broken light bulb stuck in a light fixture can be much more trouble than you might expect. It is always best to approach anything dealing with electricity with the “better safe than sorry” point of view.
- Drop cloth to catch any broken pieces from the bulb that may shatter.
- Make sure to turn off the power!
Pliers: Pull out any large pieces of the bulb left in the socket. Use needle nose pliers to hold onto the base of the bulb. Once you have a good grip, start twisting and pulling the bulb away from the socket to pull the bulb free.
Potato: You’ve probably heard of the “potato method” for freeing a broken light bulb. Yes, it can actually work. Grab a raw potato from the kitchen and cut off the end, insert it into the socket and give is a twist. That potato should actually give you a grip on the broken light bulb and hopefully free it from the socket. Please dispose of the potato after it has successfully done it’s job.
Hot Glue: For exceptionally difficult broken bulbs, apply a large dose of hot glue to a stick of wood that will fit into the bulb’s base. Completely fill the base with glue. After letting the glue set for over 5 minutes, use the wood stick like a handle to unscrew the bulb from the socket.
Remember: always be careful with any project dealing with electricity. Safety should always be your first concern!
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