Light Bulb Changing Services: Who Can I Hire?

Laura Hennigan
Written by Laura Hennigan
Updated September 9, 2022
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Some light bulbs are hard to reach, so a light bulb changing service may be your best bet

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Home ownership comes with many regular tasks, including changing the light bulbs around your house when they burn out. While many simple bulbs, such as those in lamps and LED strip lights, are easy to take care of yourself, there are some instances where hiring a professional is a smart idea.

With a wide variety of light and light bulbs on the market today, some of them are extra difficult to reach, or use a specialty style you’re unfamiliar with. And while calling a professional to change your light bulbs might seem like a slightly frivolous expense, it’s actually a very common occurrence.

An Electrician Can Help With Changing Light Bulbs 

Electricians know more than the average homeowner about all things power-related, and trusting an expert is the best choice to help with any electrical issues, no matter how small. While they are changing out light bulbs, electricians are also examining the fixture for any potential issues and can also get a better view of the wiring. Professional electricians usually charge between $50 and $100 per hour.

If you’ve noticed frequent flickering, odd buzzing noises, or a bulb that seems extra dim, it’s likely time for a professional electrician to take a look. Light bulbs can be defective, or can show changes that may indicate a problem with the wiring. Since the electricity will need to be shut off and power sources examined, hiring an electrician is the best way to guarantee things will be done safely.

Can I Hire Other Types of Pros to Change Light Bulbs?

If you have other household projects that you plan to outsource, it may be worthwhile to ask about their light bulb changing services as well. General contractors often have the tools needed to replace light bulbs that are stuck, or very high up. A handyman service generally runs anywhere from $50 to $75 for a visit. Another option is to ask any painters you are hiring to add on this task, since they will likely already be up on a ladder. While some painting companies may roll this into the cost of your project, others may tack on an extra fee of $20 to $40.

Can I Change Light Bulbs Myself?

You’re likely already used to changing out bulbs in your lamps, and low-ceiling lighting, so those can continue to be a chore you take care of as needed. But some situations may require some extra tools or supplies to change light bulbs out yourself.

How to Change Light Bulbs Yourself 

Before changing a light bulb, confirm the wattage. To avoid running a risk of overheating the wires, purchase light bulbs at or below the wattage rating for your fixture. Next, make sure the power is off and turn off the light switch or unplug the fixture. Let the old light bulb cool down before touching it. If you can’t reach the bulb, carefully stand on a ladder.

How you change the light bulb and install the new one depends on the type of bulb and fitting. For example, some bulbs screw into place with one hand, and fluorescent light bulbs require twisting with both hands. If you have a GU fitting in a halogen or LED lamp, wear gloves before pressing the lamp and turning it. Once the new light bulb is in place, plug the fixture back in, if applicable. Turn the power and the light switch back on. Then safely discard the old light bulb. 

How to DIY Changing High Bulbs

If you have high ceilings, it may be worth investing in an extended light bulb changers, which offers a pole that can be paired with several different types of bulb grabbers. These kits range from 11 to 24 feet long, and cost between $20 and $80. Combined with a ladder, these extended light bulb changers can provide you with plenty of access for changing out-of-reach bulbs.

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