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How to Remove a Stuck Recessed Light Bulb?

I have a very high ceiling. I am trying to change out the bulb with a light bulb tool. The entire fixture just spins with the light bulb. How can I get just the light bulb to turn?

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May 5, 20210 found this helpful
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I had a similar problem and I'm sure members will have many different solutions so maybe one suggestion will work for you.
My ceiling was very high and the light bulb tool just reached the light even with me on a six foot ladder so I had to find a way to hold the fixture still.
I attached a broom handle to the handle of a bathroom plunger (using duck tape) and since the plunger was rubber it had enough 'holding power' to keep the fixture still while I removed the bulb and replaced it with a new one.

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I was concerned about the safety of the fixture being 'loose' and my son used a double ladder and fixed the light fixture so it was safe and light bulbs could be changed when necessary.

Always be safe and be sure someone is available to assist you anytime you are using a ladder.

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May 5, 20210 found this helpful
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I use a tweezer to get between the fixture and the part of the bulb that screws in.

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May 21, 20210 found this helpful
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As far as I understand, you cannot unscrew a burnt-out recessed light bulb with a light bulb tool and you do not have a ladder to reach this light bulb with your hands. Glue to this light bulb using something long two sticks no longer than the diameter of the bulb and at a distance from each other. Then unscrew the light bulb with a long stick inserting it between the sticks - like screwdriver. To glue the sticks, fix them with two very small pieces of double-sided tape at the desired distance to a long thing, then spread the sticks with gorilla glue and glue them to this light bulb.

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Do this very carefully so you don't miss. Wait a bit for they to stick. The double-sided tape will peel off and the sticks will remain on the light bulb, forming a groove like a screw.
Do not push up too hard because you may dislodge the socket from where it is seated and make your repair even harder. Of course be careful.

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May 6, 20210 found this helpful

There's some good info here:
www.thriftyfun.com/Removing-a-Stuck-Recessed-Lightbulb...
www.thriftyfun.com/tf172049.tip.html

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