How to Change the Light Bulb in Square Recessed Lighting

Square recessed lighting is a creative twist on an old concept, breathing new life into the design of a room.
But you still have to change the light bulb when it burns out. While it may be a little difficult to grip the the bulb in some cases, changing the light in a square recessed lighting fixture is pretty much like changing any other bulb.

Step 1

Turn off the light switch that controls the recessed lighting or turn off the power to that room if you can't access the switch.

Step 2

Unscrew or snap out the outer ring around the lighting fixture that protects the bulb.

Step 3

Unscrew the bulb from its socket if you can get a firm grip on the bulb, which may be difficult if the bulb and the socket opening are close in size. Press the middle of a piece of duct tape to the bulb if you can’t grip the bulb with your fingers alone. Press the two ends together to form a handle and twist it counterclockwise to dislodge the bulb.

Step 4

Screw in a new bulb of the same wattage as the old bulb by inserting the end into the socket and twisting clockwise. Replace the outer ring. Restore power to the socket or flip the switch to ensure the light is working.

About the Author

Michaele Curtis began writing professionally in 2001. As a freelance writer for the Centers for Disease Control, Nationwide Insurance and AT&T Interactive, her work has appeared in "Insurance Today," "Mobiles and PDAs" and "Curve Magazine." Curtis holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Louisiana State University.