How to Remove a Halogen Flood Lightbulb

Halogen light bulbs save energy, deliver a whiter light than regular incandescent bulbs and are long lasting.
The lights are used to illuminate a variety of residential and commercial areas including parking lots, homes and businesses. Halogen flood lights are self-contained which makes set-up eas--you just unpack the halogen light and connect it to an electrical circuit. But like standard incandescent bulbs, halogen flood lightbulbs do burn out eventually. Removing a halogen flood lightbulb is not a difficult task. Tools you may already have is all that is required to remove the lightbulb. .

Step 1

Turn off any electricity going to the halogen flood light. Locate the circuit breaker or fuse for the flood light and turn off the breaker or remove the fuse. Let the flood light cool before removing it.

Step 2

Use a ladder to climb to the location where the halogen flood light is located. Secure the ladder before climbing.

Step 3

Use a screwdriver to remove any screws holding a cover over the flood light if a cover is present. Remove the cover or if it is on hinges, swing the cover to the side or place it upright.

Step 4

Look at how the halogen light bulb is seated in the light socket--the bulb may be seated between two metal spring-loaded sockets or in a screw-in socket.

Step 5

Place a cloth or soft tissue over the halogen light bulb.

Step 6

Gently pull one of the metal spring-loaded sockets away from the light bulb if the bulb is in a spring-loaded socket or unscrew the halogen light bulb in a counter clockwise motion.

Step 7

Pull the halogen light bulb gently from the spring-loaded socket or continue to unscrew the light bulb until it separates from screw-in light socket.

Step 8

Place the old halogen light bulb in your shirt pocket, jacket or other secure place until you can place it in a plastic bag and dispose of it in your household/business trash can.

Things You Will Need

  • Ladder
  • Screwdriver
  • Cloth or soft tissue
  • Plastic bag


  • If replacing the halogen light bulb with a new one, place the new halogen light bulb in your shirt pocket, jacket or other place where it won't fall out or become damaged before you climb on the ladder.
  • Leave the bulb in its packaging until you are ready to install it. Use a cloth to hold the light bulb to avoid getting oils from your fingers on to the glass surface. Then place the new bulb in between the two metal spring-loaded sockets or screw the bulb into the socket by turning it in a clockwise direction until it stops in the socket.


  • Do not use force to remove or set in/screw in the halogen bulb.

About the Author

Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.