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Removing a Stuck Recessed Lightbulb

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A hand trying to remove a bulb from a recessed light fixture.
Lightbulbs can get stuck in the socket, if it is a recessed lightbulb that can make it even more difficult to remove. This is a guide about removing a stuck recessed lightbulb.


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July 3, 20130 found this helpful

I have a recessed spotlight in my kitchen ceiling that seems to be corroded because I can't twist it out. I have no way of doing the tape wrap trick either as it is too recessed to work around. Any suggestions as how to remove without shattering the light bulb?


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July 5, 20130 found this helpful
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Break out the light bulb glass cut a potato in half and push it firmly onto the light bulb and it should come out with no bother

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May 9, 20140 found this helpful
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My ceiling light in the kitchen also was stuck when it burnt out. No way to get my fingers around the bulb because the bulb was so far recessed. I put a piece of clear packing tape (duct tape would have worked too but I was too lazy to go to the garage and packing tape was in my desk) on it with pieces hanging down on both sides, grabbed the two pieces and pulled in opposite directions. The bulb turned as if it had been greased and came right out.

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