How to change a recessed light bulb?

Emma Marks
by Emma Marks

I have a recessed lighting fixture in my living room that requires a bulb replacement, but I'm not sure how to go about it. I would appreciate it if anyone could provide me with a step-by-step guide or some useful tips for completing this task.

How to change a recessed light bulb

  16 answers
  • Janice Janice on May 30, 2023

    You can purchase a light bulb changer at most home improvement stores or perhaps even on line. It is a device that has flexible clamps at the end and a long handle so you can reach high. Just ask for a "light bulb changer for high ceilings".

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on May 30, 2023

    I think you just pull it off :) We have something that looks exactly like that in our house and I got there and had to really give it heck but it slid right off and then it was just a normal bulb inside of it I had to change.

  • William William on May 30, 2023

    Pull the decorative ring down. it's spring loaded. Push it slightly to the side. Then unscrew the bulb and screw in the new bulb. Push the ring back in place.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 30, 2023

    The ones I had like this were a bit difficult so I purchased a suction device to affix to the "face" of the lightbulb. Then you can turn counter clockwise to remove the old bulb. You can hand start the new bulb and turn until it gets close to flush, then use the same device to fully engage the new bulb into the socket.

  • We have these lights. There should be a removable ring or frame around the bulb. Just remove the clips and the ring, then unscrew the bulb and replace like you would do any other...then clip the ring back on.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 31, 2023

    you can buy a telescoping tool for this job at Home Depot Walmart etc

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 01, 2023

    If it is too high, get a telescoping tool to remove the cover, if you can reach it, the clear cover can be easily removed, then just like any other light bulb, unscrew and replace the bulb. Replace the cover.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 01, 2023

    Hi Emma, hope this helps you out.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 01, 2023

    Now would be a great time to replace that recessed bulb with a LED.

  • If it's super out of reach, there are pole gizmos that help do that. Otherwise, grab a sturdy step stool or ladder, carefully twist the bulb out, and twist the new one in. Try an LED as it's very efficient and will lower your electric bill.

  • Emma Marks Emma Marks on Jun 18, 2023

    Your advice was wonderful, I managed to change the bulbs

  • Deborah Deborah on Jan 16, 2024

    I recently had to change a recessed light in my house and found a helpful guide online. First thing, always turn off the electricity for safety. If the bulb's been on, wait until it's cool before you touch it. Wearing gloves and safety glasses is a smart move, too. You'll need a ladder, a screwdriver, and something to check if there's still electricity, like a voltage tester, plus your new light bulb.

    This guide I found explained everything step by step. It talked about different kinds of recessed lights and how to pick the correct new bulb. I followed what it said, and it went smoothly. If you want to see the exact steps I used, this guide has all the info you need. It helped make changing the bulb a lot simpler than I thought it would be.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 16, 2024

    Looks just the same as by fittings. I was told by an electrician they were now obsolete and I would have to have new ones fitted. Still waiting to get enough money together to do that! Meanwhile I am using the cheap batterylights you can buy that stick anywhere. Hope that helps.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 20, 2024

    To replace the bulb, push it in with both of your thumbs and rotate it 90 degrees. From here, the bulb should be able to come out. Gently wriggle it until it comes loose and you can then begin unboxing the replacement bulb.