Electrician Training Electrical Certification wiring recessed light fixtures Electrical Wiring Electrical Troubleshooting and Electrical Repairs wire outdoor light fixture Home Electrical Wiring Diagrams
wiring home generator and transfer switch wiring a 220 volt range cord outlet Wiring for GFCI Outlets Wiring Outlets and a Switched Outlet Wiring and Installing Ceiling Fans and Remote Controls wire dimmer switch wiring diagrams for switches wiring a dryer cord and 220 outlet circuit breaker panel
Electrical Wire and Cable


How To Safely Remove A Broken Light Bulb

Here is the Process for Safely Removing a Broken Light Bulb


Process for Removing a Broken Light Bulb
Question: The light bulb in my refrigerator burned out and when I tried to twist it out it broke and I can’t get the whole bulb out.

Background: Carol, a Homeowner from New York, New York

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Carol.
Carol, here is the process to remove a broken light bulb:

Removing a Broken Light Bulb

Here is the Process for Safely Removing a Broken Light Bulb

  1. Unplug the refrigerator to disconnect the electrical power source.
  2. Use a leather gloves or a heavy towel or wash cloth to carefully remove the base of the light bulb.
  3. If the glass of the bulb brakes off then you may try using a potato by pressing it into the base of the light and carefully unscrew the light bulb.
  4. Be sure to throw away the potato which may contain broken glass.
  5. If the light bulb base is really stuck in the socket, that’s when I use a small screw driver and needle nose pliers to gently separate the bulb base from the light socket, then repeat the methods above to twist the bulb base out of the light socket.

I have provided the following links that lead to fully detailed information on this website
that will assist you with more valuable home electrical information.

Electrical Safety
Electrical Safety
Home Electrical Safety
A new approach to keep kids and electricity apart with hopes to prevent children from being injured by electricity.


» You Can Avoid Costly Mistakes! «

Here's How to Do It:
Wire It Right with the help of my Illustrated Wiring Book

Great for any Home Wiring Project.


  electrical wiring  

Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring

Perfect for Homeowners, Students,
Handyman, Handywomen, and Electricians
Includes:
Wiring GFCI Outlets
Wiring Home Electric Circuits
120 Volt and 240 Volt Outlet Circuits
Wiring Light Switches
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Electric Range
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Dryer Cord and Dryer Outlet
How to Troubleshoot and Repair Electrical Wiring
Wiring Methods for Upgrading Electrical Wiring
NEC Codes for Home Electrical Wiring
....and much more.





Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.

Electrical Tips to Help You Wire it Right

The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!

The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.

The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!

The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.

Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!

The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..

The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.

« Generator ATS Provides Power During Partial Power Loss Wiring for a Light Switch »


FAQs Frequently Asked Questions and Comments

2 Responses to “How To Safely Remove A Broken Light Bulb”
  1. caroline says:

    Refrigerator light bulb is in a terribly awkward position on the “ceiling” of the interior near the door.The light bulb is in a plastic “cage” and the bulb part pointed toward the door hinge. Trying to grab bulb and turn it is a back breaking challenge. Can I spray the bulb with WD40 at it’s base? I can’t figure out how to get the plastic cage off. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Caroline,
      Wow, that does sound like quite a challenge, here are some suggestions:
      A small amount of lubricating spray may help, however the spray should be non-conductive and clearly approved for electrical use. Use the spray sparingly, and with the refrigerator unplugged. Use a cloth to clean up any excess spray.
      The plastic covering over the lamp should have clips that are molded in on each side at one end, usually near the lamp socket. Gently squeeze this area slightly to remove the cover.
      Be sure to replace the bulb with a heavy duty Appliance Bulb specifically for refrigerators, which will be sure to last long so you don’t have to do this very often. When your finished plug the refrigerator back in and check the light.
      I hope this helps, and Be Careful!
      Dave

COMMENTS and QUICK QUESTIONS:

If you are asking a Quick Question please make sure it is about This TOPIC:
“How To Safely Remove A Broken Light Bulb”

Comments Posted here are Open for Quality Discussion and Participation.
PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT PUBLISH 3RD PARTY SPAM COMMENTS, TRACK-BACKS OR LINKS.



By submitting you agree to our Site Terms