Dirty, Stuck, or Broken Light Bulbs?
With ceiling fans throughout my house, each with 3 to five light bulbs in them, I’ve learned a lot about light bulbs. Here are my best tips for dealing with problem bulbs:
Dirty Bulbs: Usually, dust on the bulbs isn’t much of a problem, unless you’re in the kitchen. There, cooking grease is also in the air, and forms a sticky film on the bulbs, which in turn glues dust to them. This is not only unattractive, but a fire hazard if the bulb ever gets hot enough to flash the stuff that’s collected on it.
To clean them, line you kitchen sink with a thick dishrag and fill about three inches deep with hot soapy water – dish soap works best. Then, take the cool bulbs (not recently lit) and swish them gently in the water. Dry them off with a paper towel and replace.
Stuck bulbs: Before you put your clean light bulbs back in, slick a bit of petroleum jelly around the metal threads. This will lubricate the bulbs for the rest of eternity…or until you change them again.
Broken bulbs: After you clean up the broken glass on the floor and your heart rate goes back to normal after having a bulb shatter in your hand, make sure the switch is off, cut a raw potato in half, jam the half over the shards of glass remaining in the socket, and twist the base out. If there isn’t anything to grip with the potato, you are free to get the needlenose pliers and grip the inner part of the base to twist it out.
As for the new compact flourescents…that’s another article
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