How to Change the Light Bulb on a High Ceiling

Safely changing a light bulb in a high ceiling yourself can save you money over hiring a professional.

Using an extended-life light bulb will limit the number of changes needed.Using an extended-life light bulb will limit the number of changes needed.
High ceilings often offer a desirable dramatic look to a room. A lofted or two-story open plan gives a spacious feeling to a home. When a light bulb burns out, however, the quandary of how to reach it becomes an issue. With a few tools and safety guidelines, you can avoid calling a maintenance service and solve the issue yourself.

Select a new bulb. Choose a bulb designed for extended life. Be sure it is the proper size and wattage for the outlet.

Ask for assistance. An extra pair of hands is needed to execute the project safely.

Set up the ladder. Place the top of the ladder directly under the bulb.

Climb the ladder to the point where you can safely reach the bulb on flat feet. Have your assistant steady and hold the ladder in place.

Unscrew the original bulb and replace it with the new bulb.

Climb slowly and safely back down the ladder and discard the old bulb.

Things You Will Need

  • 20-foot free standing or A-frame ladder
  • Long-life light bulb
  • Helper

Tip

  • Home improvement centers offer claw-like extension kits to assist in changing light bulbs in high ceilings without the use of a ladder. These kits do not work with all types of light sockets.

Warning

  • Be sure the old bulb is cool before attempting to remove it. Turn off the light switch at least 20 minutes prior to assure that you won't burn yourself.

About the Author

Sidney Johns began her writing career in 1993 after moving to Florida. The former teacher and surgical technician worked in the home improvement industry prior to earning a Bachelor of Science in education from Indiana University. While on hiatus in 2004, Johns studied holistic healing and organic growth and gardening.