Avoiding being blown to kingdom come when changing a light bulb

Hello everyone:

When you are changing a light bulb, there are several things to keep in mind. Please use the right size light bulb for the fixture. It does not work well when you don’t have the right bulb for the job.

Please do not touch the metal thingy as you replace the light bulb or you may need an electrician (or an ambulance). Ladies, this is the voice of experience here.

Next, make sure the light bulb is cool to the touch before removing it. Even if you use a cloth to protect your hand, you still run the risk of getting a nasty burn.

Finally,  turn the power off before you change it. Getting shocked is no fun.  There are YouTube videos on how to do this, so find the one that matches your fixture before you do anything and learn from someone who is actually doing it (and who knows how to do it properly!).

The last time I performed this task, the light bulb I used was the wrong size and my finger touched the metal thingy on the light bulb. I received a nasty electric shock and blew the lighting fixture to kingdom come. It was not a pleasant experience, so check online for information on completing this task.

The good news is that I am still among the living; the bad news is that the lighting fixture is not. The good news is that we now have  a new light fixture; the bad news is that there was nothing wrong with the old one before I changed the light bulb (except that the bulb was old and worn out).

What lighting fixture tales of woe do you have to share?

Best,

Dr. Sheri

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