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Why Should I Hire a Professional for Light Bulb Replacement?

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Why Should I Hire a Professional for Light Bulb Replacement?

You might not think often of the light bulbs in your home, but there is a bottom line concerning the light bulbs in your appliances and light fixtures. When you decide it’s time to make a switch to more energy efficient light bulbs, look to a professional to help you out with the process.


A handyman has the general skills and expertise to tackle the job of light bulb replacement with efficiency. With this professional on the job, you can rest knowing that your home’s lighting will move forward into more efficient and effective illumination.

  1. 1.Benefits of Hiring a Professional

    There are some hidden benefits of hiring a professional to replace your light bulbs. The process of replacing your numerous light bulbs can be extensive and challenging, especially if you have high ceilings or other special circumstances that involve special or unusual lighting situations. A handyman possesses the equipment to make a difficult process easier. Stepladders, extension ladders and even scaffolding can simplify the light bulb changing process.


    Although hiring a professional handyman will cost more than performing the work yourself, the money you save by installing more efficient light bulbs should pay you back in the long run.

  2. 2.Types of Light Bulb Replacements

    You have a variety of light bulbs from which to choose for light bulb replacement. Incandescent light bulbs are the old-fashioned, inexpensive light bulbs that you might imagine if you’re having a “light bulb moment.” These light bulbs are inefficient, but they are often the bulb of choice, especially for decorative fixtures such as chandeliers.


    Fluorescent bulbs produce illumination using radiant energy, requiring less energy to make the same amount of light produced by incandescent light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs come in different sizes, colors, wattage and lumens. CFLs also come in “dimmable” style to fit into fixtures with dimming features.


    Light emitting diodes create light efficiently for many areas of the home, including under cabinet lighting and installed downlights. LED lights are long lasting and they appeal to many homeowners due to their appealing color quality.

  3. 3.Problems That May Arise

    If a light bulb becomes broken either before or during the replacement process, a handyman probably has access to a broken light bulb extractor, a simple tool that easily grasps the broken part of the light bulb and twists it to remove it from the socket.

  4. 4.Quantity and Location

    Imagine the light bulb maintenance on a chandelier with numerous decorative light bulbs hanging in an atrium or a vaulted foyer. This is where the sheer volume and difficulty of the job makes a handyman the wise choice for replacing your light bulbs. In some situations with a high chandelier, you might even need two people to execute the process because a pole-mounted light bulb changer does not work with a chandelier unless a second person holds the chandelier steady using a second pole-mounted light bulb changer.

  5. 5.Proper Disposal Methods

    Some types of light bulbs require special disposal methods to reduce the possibility of environmental harm and other types of light bulbs no not need special disposal.


    Incandescent light bulbs and any other light bulbs that do not contain mercury can go directly into your household trash without worry.


    CFL light bulbs and other types of fluorescent bulbs must go to a special household hazardous waste collection site to ensure that mercury does not enter the environment from disposal.


    If a fluorescent light bulb breaks in your home, it’s important to minimize the exposure to the mercury. Never vacuum up a broken fluorescent light bulb because this could spread mercury vapor dangerously. Remove all people and pets from the room and turn off central air or heating until after you clean up the mess to prevent harmful chemicals from spreading throughout your home. Ventilate the room by opening a window or door for about 10 minutes. Gather duct tape, cardboard, damp paper towels and a sealable plastic bag. Pick up the largest glass fragments and place them directly into the plastic bag, Wrap the duct tape around your hand several times with the sticky side facing out. Use the stickiness of the tape to pick up as much of the fragments and powder as you can. When you fill the tape, dispose of it in the bag. Repeat the process with fresh tape, if necessary, until you remove as much debris as possible. Seal the bag tightly and dispose of it with your other unbroken fluorescent light bulbs at your hazardous waste collection site.

  6. 6.Cost to Replace Light Bulbs

    The overall cost to replace light bulbs in your home depends on the number of light bulbs, the type of light bulbs, the scope of the project and your geographical location. To pay a professional contractor to replace your light bulbs, expect to pay between $63 and $140. See our Light Bulb Replacement Price Guide for additional information.

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