We've all heard the joke is about how many politicians it takes to change a light bulb, or how many lawyers it takes to change a light bulb. And while the answers are amusing, at least when you ask the question, how many electricians does it take to change a light bulb, the answer is always one!
No one in their right mind would ever think about calling an electrician to change a light bulb because this is such a simple task it doesn't bear thinking that anyone should pay the call out fee for a specialist to do the job for them.
But the fact is, in this day of increasing specialization, some people feel insecure and in some cases, downright unsafe when it comes to performing any task involving electricity. They may be specialists in their field and become totally immersed in their specialisation that they lose the simple day-to-day awareness of life going on around them.
There are many people, however, who have had bad experiences with electricity and are completely ill at ease when it comes to electricity. That's why they feel the need to call an electrician to perform even the most basic tasks, like changing a light bulb.
So if you find yourself in that category you might like to read on and find out how this simple task can be easily performed. If, at any stage, you feel uncomfortable or uncertain or find that you are having difficulties, it is important to stop immediately and call an electrician to complete the job for you.
For complete safety, you should turn off the power at the box, but at the very least you need to turn off the appliance, or light in question.
Make sure the existing bulb is cool before attempting to remove it, and once it is okay to proceed, grasp it firmly, but not too tightly, and turn it counterclockwise until it comes out of its socket.
Choose a replacement bulb of the same strength and put it into the same socket, this time turning it clockwise until it fits snugly.
Time to test! Turn on the power and throw the switch. Hopefully, you now have light again!
There are a few other points you might like to note.
Make sure you use a replacement bulb with the same wattage and dispose of the old one safely by wrapping it in newspaper or anything that will contain the glass should the bulb break whilst in your garbage.
Remember you should have a place in any part of your hand or fingers into the light socket and make sure your hands are completely dry before touching anything.
As mentioned earlier, you should always call an electrician if you experience difficulty at any point. If you think the light bulb is stuck and you are having difficulty turning it counterclockwise to remove it, do not take any further action. You could easily break the glass and cut your fingers or, at the very least, create a more dangerous situation than you started with.