how to change high light bulbs

How To Change High Light Bulbs (Step-By-Step)

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Do you want to change the lights of your high ceiling house? No worries. We have a guide that’ll teach you the steps on how to change high light bulbs safely.

One of the biggest problems that people with big houses experience is changing the ceiling lights. If your house has a high ceiling that an ordinary ladder can’t seem to reach, you’ll need some extra help when the lights go bust.

Luckily, we know exactly how to change high light bulbs the safe way. With our steps on how to replace high light bulbs, you’ll be able to change your lights without putting yourself in any danger of falling and injuring yourself.

So without further adieu, let’s begin.

how to change high light bulbs
High ceiling lights are not only hard to clean, but they are also difficult to change

What Are The Tools Needed To Replace A High Ceiling Light Bulb?

First, let’s determine the tools that you’ll need. In order to keep your hands from experiencing shock, you’ll most likely need a pair of rubber gloves. This is just for the safety procedure.

Other than that, you’ll need something to cover the distance between you and your light. As we mentioned above, you need more than just an ordinary ladder to reach the ceiling. To choose the best ladder, simply measure the distance between you and your ceiling.

From there, buy a ladder that corresponds to the measurement. Aside from a really tall ladder, you may also buy a bulb grabber and an extension pole. However, this only works if your bulbs are facing downward.

Steps To Follow On How To Change High Light Bulbs

Now that we’ve mentioned the tools you’ll need, let’s go on to the steps on how to change really high light bulbs. These steps are useful if you want to learn how to change high chandelier light bulbs or how to change ceiling fan lights.

In any case, here they are:


  1. Turn off the lights before you change the light bulb.
  2. Open up the ladder thoroughly and place it flat on the ground, preferably near the wall.
  3. Ask a friend or family member to hold the ladder steady for you.
  4. Put on a pair of rubber gloves.
  5. Slowly turn the bulb by turning it counter clockwise.
  6. Gently pull out the bulb and replace it with a new one by turning it in the socket clockwise.
  7. Test the light to see if it works by flipping the switch.

If your bulbs are facing downward and you’re a little bit scared of heights, then you can use the bulb grabber or the bulb changer instead.

Here are the steps to using this device:

Bulb Grabber

  1. Attach your bulb grabber to a long extension pole.
  2. Slowly lead your bulb grabber to the bulb you want to change and let the bulb changer hold it.
  3. Turn the extension pole counter clockwise until fully loose.
  4. Gently pull the bulb out and use the release string to let the old bulb go.
  5. Get your new bulb and attach it to the suction tips of your bulb changer.
  6. Slowly bring the new bulb back to the socket of your light and place the bulb inside.
  7. Once attached, turn the bulb clockwise to tighten it.
  8. Use the release string to release the bulb.
  9. Test the light by flipping the switch.

What if you have a chandelier and are afraid of heights?

You won’t be able to use your bulb grabber and you most likely can’t climb the high ladder.

So, what’s the only thing left to do?

In these situations, we can recommend that you buy a special type of bulb changer that has a sticky bulb grabber.

This grabber can take both upward and downward facing bulbs. For downward bulbs, let the sticky bulb changer face upward. For upward bulbs (like chandelier bulbs), let the sticky bulb changer face downward. The trick here is to make sure the sticky silicone sticks to the very tip of the candelabra bulb.


As you can see, it’s actually not that hard to learn how to change high light bulbs. As long as you have all the necessary tools at your disposal, you can easily do this. You have the choice of a high ladder, a bulb grabber, or a sticky bulb changer. The choice of which tool you want to use is up to you.

So, the next time your ceiling bulb or chandelier bulb stops working, bring out any of these tools. If you haven’t bought any of them yet, run over to your local hardware store and buy at least one of them today. It pays to be ready in the event that you need to change your high light bulb.

We hope that you find our short guide useful!

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