How do I change a (halogen) light bulb?
February 26, 2010 5:39 PM Subscribe
How do I change a lightbulb? Sounds like the start of a bad blonde joke, but I'm seriously struggling to work out how to change my blown halogen lights without breaking the halogen leads of bulb after bulb.
posted by tobtoh to home & garden (6 answers total)
I've got two sorts of halogen lights in my home. The first type is in my bathroom (photos: empty socket
and with bulb inserted
). My uncle replaced one of these bulbs once for me - it theoretically should be a simple pull out the blown bulb and insert a new bulb into the two small holes. However, there is a metal plate inside the two small holes which I assume is spring loaded to hold the bulb in place. The problem arises because you need to apply an inordinate amount of force to get the bulb leads to push that plate aside and I've gone through about 6 bulbs so far trying to force them in ... my uncle did it once so I'm assuming this is the correct technique ... am I missing something? Surely it can't be so hard to change a bulb?
The second type is more common throughout the rest of my house (photo
). Given the difficulties I've had with the bathroom halogens, I'm a bit scared to have a shot at replacing these. Am I supposed to pull out the bulb and replace it like in the bathroom, or is the whole reflector 'dish' and bulb supposed to come out as one?
Thanks in advance.