How to change a lightbulb in a recessed light

How to change a lightbulb in a recessed light

A recessed light, sometimes called a can light, has both its housing and bulb recessed above the ceiling drywall. Converting a standard ceiling light fixture to a recessed light involves removing the old fixture and its electrical box and installing the new recessed light, usually in the same place. Alternatively, you can install the new light in a different location nearby. This is a simple project as long as the existing circuit cable can reach the light; if not, you have to install a junction box and extend new cable to the new light location.

Be sure to use an IC-rated light, which is safe to be in contact with ceiling insulation.   With fixtures that are not IC-rated, you must keep the insulation several inches away from the fixture housing to prevent a fire hazard. Leaving the housing and surrounding area without insulation creates a big thermal hole in your ceiling that lets heated air escape into the attic.

If you don't have access to an attic above the ceiling, use a "remodel" light fixture that can be installed from below the ceiling.

Before You Begin

Turn off the power to the ceiling light fixture first by turning off the light switch, then flipping off the appropriate circuit breaker in your home's breaker box. You cannot turn off the light switch only; this is dangerous. You must turn off the circuit breaker.

Turn the light on and off at the switch to confirm that it is not powered. If the light doesn't come on, you can proceed with the steps below.

How to change a lightbulb in a recessed light

It is easy to remove light bulbs fit in open spaces. But in the case of recessed lighting, it can be very difficult to remove them. The reason for this is that in recessed lighting installations, you cannot put your hands in to remove the light bulb because of its hollow opening. In this guide we will show you some tips and tricks how to remove your light bulb from a recessed socket.

Removing light bulbs from a recessed socket

It is a difficult task to detach light bulbs from a recessed socket. But some methods can help make it possible. These methods include using duct tape, removing the retaining collar, buying a bulb changing kit, or using a general-purpose suction cup. Below we will describe every method in detail.

What are recessed lights?

Recessed lights are lights fitted in a sunken space in the ceiling of any building space. This is a modern way of lighting a dimly lit area. It gives a more attractive appeal to where they produce the light. There are many reasons why recessed lights are remarkable. They are classy, efficient, effective, and good for a home that has a low ceiling. The only problem is that it is difficult to remove and change their bulbs.

Methods to remove a light bulb from a recessed socket

Many people have found it difficult to remove a light bulb from a recessed socket. Some have even gone to the extent of breaking the bulb and using pliers to turn the bulb around and unscrew it, with the power turned off. But this method is highly messy. It could be your last-ditch effort. Before doing this, why not try some of the methods given below?

Using duct tape

One of the best ways of removing light bulbs from recessed sockets is by using duct tape. Before proceeding to do this method, ensure first that the bulb is not hot. And make sure that there is no electricity going to the light fixture.

Cut a 30-cm or 12-inch duct tape. Make a handle structure by folding the ends of the duct tape towards the center. Then stick the middle part of the tape to the bulb. Using the tape handles, unscrew the bulb by turning the bulb counter-clockwise. Continue turning until part of the bulb is out of the hollow area of the socket.

Another way of using your duct tape is by wrapping it in a circle with the sticky part outside. The circle should be large enough to fit your hand through it. Then stick the duct tape to the flat surface of the recessed bulb. Put your hand through the handle and turn the bulb counterclockwise to unscrew it.

When part of the bulb is out of the hollow area, you can then finish unscrewing it by hand. Wear gloves if you think the bulb might break. This will give you more safety as you work. If you need to replace the old bulb, use the same method to put the new bulb in the recessed socket. This time, turn the bulb clockwise to screw it in.

Removing the retaining collar

A retaining collar holds some recessed light bulbs in place. This metal collar keeps the bulb in place. You should exercise caution when handling the metal collar because it can break. And if you damage it, then you will have to spend on its repair. There are different types of metal collars used for light fixtures. There are also some fixtures where the retaining collar is the outer ring while in others, it is the inner ring.

Make sure to know whether it is the outer or inner ring to avoid damaging your light fixture. Sometimes the metal collar is painted over. In this situation, you need to take out the paint first before attempting to remove the collar. When this is done you can remove the metal collar. Some collars have screws and others are held in place with a button. If the metal is held by screws, simply unscrew them to remove the metal collar.

If a button holds the collar, press, push, or hold the button that the metal retaining collar is unlocked. If the metal collar is jammed in the fixture, you can use a screwdriver or a utility knife. Put the screwdriver or knife in the gap between the light fixture and the metal collar. Put a little pressure to open the collar, making sure not to break it. When the metal collar is removed, it will then be easy to remove the light bulb.

But if there are no screws or buttons on the metal collar, find out if the collar ring can be pulled out vertically or twisted counterclockwise. Try pushing the bulb upwards with two fingers, grab the inside of the housing ring and pull it downwards. If this still doesn’t work, use a screwdriver to pry the housing out. Stick the screwdriver head between ring and bulb and pry outwards. Make sure the bulb doesn’t break and don’t stay underneath it.

Other methods if duct tape or removing the retaining collar doesn’t help:

Using a bulb changer with an extension pole

A bulb changer can connect to the light bulb so that you can unscrew it. Make sure to position the cup of the bulb changer carefully so that it sticks right to your recessed bulb. Then twist the pole counter-clockwise until the bulb is completely out. Even if you are not touching the bulb with your hands, make sure that you remove it when the switch is turned off.

Using a suction cup

You can also use a general suction cup that can grip a light bulb. Make sure to adjust the suction power, then turn the handle counterclockwise to unscrew the bulb.

Seek professional help

If the grip of the bulb on the socket it very tight, seek the help of a professional electrician.


If you have recessed lighting in your home, you will no longer have a problem in case you need to remove the bulb from its socket. With the methods given above, you can now easily remove your light bulbs from recessed sockets. Just make sure to be careful and cautious when doing so in order not to break the bulb or damage the light fixture itself. Wearing gloves while removing the bulbs would be good for additional safety.

How To Change A Recessed Light Bulb On A High Ceiling

Recessed lighting always look really good when installed in high ceilings, and like we have said before, they are a great option for home improvement.

But having to change them — perhaps when the bulbs get bad — could be a bit of a challenge.

How to change a lightbulb in a recessed light

The main headache is usually how to reach up there where the ceiling is without a Spider Suit, lol.

Well, here today, we will tell you how you can safely change a light bulb in a recessed fixture if your ceiling is quite high.

And guess what, the trick is actually not a very long ladder. You may not even need a ladder at all. If you have never seen this being done, you will probably be surprised at this.

Well, let’s take it a step at a time…

Will I Need A Professional To Remove A Light Bulb From A High Ceiling Recessed Lighting Fixture?

It is very understandable if you take a look at the very ceiling in your home or in an auditorium and just lose all hope of being able to take out the bulbs in the recessed fixture by yourself because of how high it is.

From where you are standing, it most likely looks like a very difficult task, but when you actually get into the steps we have laid out in this article, you will find that it is actually much easier that you imagined.

So, yes! We can confidently tell you that you will not be needing the help of an electrician or a handyman to change that bulb in that ceiling, provided you have us guiding you through it.

And sincerely, an electrician who is not very experienced himself might struggle with this without a guide like this article.

Ever wondered why recessed lights in high ceilings stop working and never get changed for a long time? It is simply because people have no idea what to do about them.

Anyway, here we provide you with 5 very simple steps to take to remove an old light bulb in ceiling fixture which is really high up and replace it with a new one. And as difficult as you thought it would be, you won’t even be needing many tools.

And to reiterate, you can even very well do without a ladder. This then begs the question; what then will you need?

Stuff You Might Need

In changing light bulbs in ceiling fixtures that are so high up, there is really only one thing you will need: a bulb changer with an extension pole.

Of course, the bulb changer is what connects to the light bulb and can then be used to unscrew it and also screw in an old one in place.

The pole is what gives you that extra length you will need to reach the height of your ceiling. It is usually adjustable and we will be showing you how to use it later in this article.

If you have no idea what a bulb changer with a pole looks like, here is one below.

How to change a lightbulb in a recessed light

If you get a pole that is long enough, you could stand on the ground and have the bulb changer reach the ceiling and do the business for you. It really is that easy.

However, if the pole isn’t long enough, or perhaps your ceiling is just too high, then you will need to get a step ladder to give you some additional height.

Make sure that the step ladder you get is firm on the floor so that no disaster occurs while you are on it.

How to change a lightbulb in a recessed light

Now, let us look at steps to take in order to get light bulbs out of recessed lighting sitting too high up in the ceiling.

How You Can Change A Recessed Light Bulb On A High Ceiling

1. Turn The Light Switch Off

Even if you won’t exactly be touching the bulb with your bare hands, it still is not advisable to remove it while the switch is still on.

Anyway, you will not be needing to turn off the power at the circuit breaker since you will not be dealing with any naked wires.

It also will not be necessary to leave the bulbs to cool since you won’t be holding them in your hands. So, you can get right to it once the switch has been turned off.

2. Extend Your Pole To The Ceiling

These poles are usually adjustable. So, rotate the stick counter-clockwise and then stretch it out until it is long enough to reach the recessed lighting which is high up in the ceiling. Then rotate clockwise to secure it.

3. Position The Bulb Changer Right Under The Bulb & Twist

Position the cup of the bulb changer carefully and it will stick right to your recessed light. When it has done that, twist counter-clockwise until the bulb is out completely. You can now remove it from the cup and set it aside.

4. Get A New Bulb And Place It In The Cup Of The Bulb Changer

Place the new light bulb you want to install in the suction cup at the end of the pole and raise to the fixture.

Get it in position and then twist clockwise until it is secure. You then will have to give it a very gentle push to fully disengage the cup from the bulb.

How to change a lightbulb in a recessed light

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5. Turn The Light Switch Back On

Well, that is really all about changing a light bulb in a recessed lighting fixture. Now, go back and hit the switch to check if your new light bulb is working.

Adjust your pole back so it can be properly stored for future use.

PS: if you are interested in figuring out how to install a recessed ceiling light in a not-so-high ceiling, check out this article here. It contains 9 simple steps you will find very useful.

I’m not exactly sure how this forum works, but I’m willing to jump in "feet-first" and learn. Please don’t beat me up for being "stupid". I have gone through the manuals many times and some things just don’t appear to be all that obvious.

Can anyone tell me how to get the cover off of the recessed lights over the couch so that I can change the bulb. Thanks in advance!


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SueJean, sometimes they can be a bugger to get off. Just turn the glass counter clockwise about an inch and like Gus said pull down a bit.


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Hi SueJean
Told you this was a great forum. Get a couple serious answers and then a whole bunch of nuts having fun. Welcome to the forum. Told you I was out here a lot..

One other thing.. When you put the glass lens back on be sure it is screwed back on correctly.. We changed out one in our coach. We store the trash can between our chairs, which is below the light we changed out. It looks like the lens fell off and we threw it away. Couldn’t find it for a long time then realized that the trash can was below it. Going to have to find one to replace it..

Have fun.. Glad you made to the forum.


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I’m not exactly sure how this forum works, but I’m willing to jump in "feet-first" and learn. Please don’t beat me up for being "stupid". I have gone through the manuals many times and some things just don’t appear to be all that obvious.

Can anyone tell me how to get the cover off of the recessed lights over the couch so that I can change the bulb. Thanks in advance!

Not only getting the cover off is a challenge but you then have to insert the replacement halogen bulb’s 2 little pins into two teeny holes without touching the bulb with your bare hands. no fun for those of us that have fat fingers.

Does anyone know where you can get replacement lights that are easier to maintain?


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Halogen Bulb Replacement

Not only getting the cover off is a challenge but you then have to insert the replacement halogen bulb’s 2 little pins into two teeny holes without touching the bulb with your bare hands. no fun for those of us that have fat fingers.

Does anyone know where you can get replacement lights that are easier to maintain?


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You’re right BC! This is a fun crowd! This wasn’t meant to be a "trick question" or anything, but as I read all the responses, I just had to laugh.

So far, I’ve twisted, tugged, pulled, pried and poked and prodded the stupid light cover and it just won’t give. It might be easier just to pull the whole stupid light out of the ceiling and put a patch over the hole!

Just kidding! I’ll keep picking at it. I’m sure some human somewhere put that thing up there so there must be some way to get it down.

I do have the little rubber glovie thingies so I’ve got that part covered when the time comes. My problem comes in short, fat fingers that barely reach across the light cover. Can’t wait to see what’s inside!

Hadn’t given a thought yet to just what kind of light bulb I’m going to need and where I’m going to find that. Hmmmm.

I think this would be a good place to insert some kind of Texan joke, but not being a "real Aggie", anything I’d have to say might come across in the wrong way. If I was a "real Texan", I’d just say forget the light bulb and go out and buy a new rig, eh?


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All you have to do is grab it hard and turn counter clock wise. It is tight but it will come off. I am talking about the fixture lens.. Right?


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In order to get ours off, I used one of those thin rubbery things that are sold for getting a grip on the top of stubborn jar lids. I just covered the glass cover and twisted a 1/4 turn counterclockwise. The rubbery grip thing did the trick. Hope this helps. :angel:


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Confession time

O.K. I confess. The thin, rubbery thing was a good idea. I know I have one of those things somewhere in this rig, but it’s obviously very well put away. However, in honor of "MacGyver", I did try using a thick piece of shelf liner which I have in abundance between dishes/pans/lids/etc. It seemed to me to be a very good idea.

However, I still couldn’t manage to move the thing more than a quarter of an inch and this obviously wasn’t enough to get it loose. DannyLee’s guitar-pickin’ fingers weren’t any better than mine at getting it loose either so I just figured two lights are enough for me anyway.

Here’s the confession part – since we were headed to the RV dealer for some repairs, I just tagged this little light cover thingie onto my list of "needs" and watched in abject embarrassment as the expensive techie guy just popped the cover off without any apparent effort whatsoever. Hmmm
He then popped in a new light bulb (sans gloves, explaining that as long as you had no grease/oil/hand lotion on your hands, they weren’t necessary) and Voila! We have three lights again.

I know! I know! You’re all thinking WIMP!! I keep telling DannyLee that we need to be far more self-sufficient at keeping our Nest up, but sometimes it’s just too easy to take the easy way out.

Thanks for all the tips! Now you know how many Texans it takes to change a light bulb! Just one – a very expensive one!

Hi! Our electrician recommended these earlier this year and wow, what a difference! So easy to change out and they look so much cleaner. We have a lot of recessed lights so I still have a ways to go to replace them all, but it's on the list.

Hi! This is probably a dumb question but why can’t you just screw in LED lightbulbs instead? I feel like I’m missing something. As the lightbulbs in our recessed lights burn out, we have just added a LED bulb as a replacement. They don’t dim well but other than that they seem fine. Just curious as I’m wondering if we’ve done something wrong by not swapping out the whole kit. Thanks!

Oh you can! Not a dumb question at all. The bulbs just don't last nearly as long as these, and if you compare the cost these are a better deal (considering how long they last). A lot of people find them more aesthetically pleasing. And these dim beautifully!

Mainly aesthetics. these kits look so much better, also they last longer. some of the cheap LED bulbs aren't worth the cost of the box they come in. The adjustability of the kits is really nice too. Threading in an LED bulb into a down light that was never intended to have one in the first place is really the wrong approach. a new LED assembly which was designed to be LED is the smart choice

You've never shown your loft before. Very nice. That's the very first thing we did in our new to us house was change every light to LED. I prefer brighter than the sun's surface everywhere. It really helps with keeping the house clean since I can see everything.

Simply pull the globe off. Carefully tug a bit on the metal frame and see if it will pull down. The whole frame and dome will come down enough to swing out of the way so you can change the bulb.

What’s the best way to remove a light fixture?

4. If you cannot remove fixture with your hands, use the flathead screwdriver or razor knife to pry it off by sliding it under the mouth of the metal collar and prying down. 5. The light fixture will hold itself in place as you change the bulb. Simply remove the existing bulb and replace it with the new one.

How do you change the light bulb on a garage door opener?

In most cases, the lighting fixture is rather high so be certain to use a sturdy ladder to reach the bulb casing. Once you have gotten to the opener, you will likely need to drop the hinge cover down to access the bulb. Once the hinge is activated, remove the bulb by turning into counterclockwise. The next step is to check the wattage of the bulb.

Is it easy to change a light bulb in a ceiling?

Changing a light bulb may seem like a no-brainer, but replacing a bulb in a ceiling fixture can get complicated. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to troubleshoot even the trickiest fixture. Whether your burnt-out bulb is incandescent, recessed, or fluorescent, always take precautions to avoid injury.

What’s the best way to change a light bulb?

This is important if you rely on that light to help you get into your home. As soon as you have the bulb, climb back up the ladder and install the new bulb by turning it clockwise. Once the bulb is in, turn the switch on before closing up the cover. If the light is working properly, simply go back up the ladder and close the light casing.

How do you remove a light bulb from a recessed light?

Carefully insert a flathead screwdriver in between the ring and the light bulb, and pry outward. There is a gap in the ring, so you can flex it outward and carefully pull it down with your fingers. Grip the base of the bulb and gently wiggle the two prongs out of the socket to remove it. Take care not to chip the glass with the screwdriver.

How do you change the ring on a halogen light bulb?

Pry out the ring with a screwdriver. Some older halogen fixtures use a small, toothed, metal ring with no special fastener. Carefully insert a flathead screwdriver in between the ring and the light bulb, and pry outward. There is a gap in the ring, so you can flex it outward and carefully pull it down with your fingers.

4. If you cannot remove fixture with your hands, use the flathead screwdriver or razor knife to pry it off by sliding it under the mouth of the metal collar and prying down. 5. The light fixture will hold itself in place as you change the bulb. Simply remove the existing bulb and replace it with the new one.

Recessed lights are amazing for a variety of different purposes. They are elegant, versatile, cost effective, and function well for low-ceiling houses. Even so, their bulbs can be annoying to detach and adjust, since they are difficult to unscrew. That’s why LED bulbs are the most popular alternative for these light fixtures.

Some quick steps you’ll need to follow to remove a light bulb from a recessed socket.

  1. Switch off the lights and wait for the light bulb to cool out until it’s not hot to touch. Always, make sure there’s absolutely no energy going to the light fixture. You may also turn off of the circuit breaker if needed.
  1. Cut a few inches of duct tape and fold it to its sides. You’re going to need at least 5-6 inches. The plan here is to fold the two ends of the duct tape and attach it to each other so that you can catch the duct tape at its ends without sticking to your fingertips. You can only leave a little piece of sticky tape in the middle (maybe an inch or a little more), so that you can stick it to the recessed light bulb.
  2. Fix the duct tape on the light bulb when keeping the “handles” to it. Push it gently to ensure it matches the bulb quite well.
  3. Switch the duct tape in the clockwise motion to deactivate the light bulb. If you unscrew the bulb at least partially, you must be able to remove it completely by hand.
  4. You have to use the duct tape to screw in the new bulb perfectly.

How to remove old recessed light housing?

If the above technique doesn’t succeed, the housing of the light bulb would possibly need to be replaced. Or, maybe it is old and you should need to replace it. So, here is what you’ll need to do.

  1. Just like with the above procedure, turn the lights off and wait for them to cool off. Ensured that no power goes to the light fixture.
  1. Verify whether the fixture containing the light bulb has an inner metal ring or if the large ring across the bulb is the only one.
  2. On the ring, you need to look for a screw or a handle. Many popular recessed light fixtures have one or the other, and you will be able to comfortably and conveniently detach the light housing.
  3. Check if the neck ring can be bent counterclockwise or pushed out vertically if there are no screws nor buttons. You should try moving the light bulb up a little with a few fingertips to pull it out, then taking the inside of the house ring with the same fingers to bring it off.
  4. You should try to pull the house out with a flat-head screwdriver if everything else fails. Many old halogen recessed lights are connected without straps by narrow and toothed metal rings. You just have to place the screwdriver head between the ring and the lamp and try to pull outward. Be cautious not to crack the lamp and do not stand directly under it.

Most Common Recessed Lighting Problems

How to change a lightbulb in a recessed light

There is no questioning the prominence of recessed lighting in residences. It is highly flexible, since recessed lights can be the primary source of room illumination or can be placed in local locations, such as under cabinets or within closets. Although comfortable and esthetic, the recessed lights are associated with several typical issues. These problems, along with potential solutions, will be explained in this post.

Trim Sagging

The recessed lights will easily lighten up a room, but the effect does not last. The sleek look can fade or fade as the trim surrounding the light fixture becomes weak. As a consequence, the element itself can become visible, which can cause electrical issues and a risk of fire, or encourage drafts to reach your house. An early indication of sagging is that the trim has a wavy appearance. In any case, the springs retaining the trim are overstretched.

Switch off the lamp and the electricity that provides it to repair a sagging recessed lighting trim or cover. Remove the trim or light cover from the springs. If the springs are broken, swap them with new springs of similar size, and then try to re-install the trim or cover.

Light Goes Out

By nature, the recessed lighting is vulnerable to overheating; the limit switch cuts it off to prevent this from occurring. When it has cooled, the light will turn on again. If the recessed lights frequently turn off, an inappropriate lamp may be mounted or the fixture may be in contact with ceiling insulation, which may influence temperature control. Next, check if the bulb’s wattage is consistent with the fixture, if not, you should replace the bulb yourself.

Blinking Lights

If the light blinks, there could be a problem with the thermal safety system. Once the power is shut off, you can reach the top of the recessed fixture in the insulation or the crawl space above the roof. The thermal safety device can be a thin black cylinder or a tiny silver disk attached to the wiring connection system of the fixture. Unplug the two wires to detach the device and buy the same one from the supermarket.

Broken Bulb or Socket

Eventually, a light bulb may burn out or be broken. If the light does not operate, check the lamp for any gray or black spots that suggest that it has burst. In this case, the lamp should be removed and the fixture can operate again. If the original bulb appears good, or the new bulb doesn’t fit, the socket could have blown. You may hear a low clicking sound from a broken socket, or you may notice that bulbs always need to be changed.

How to get a firm grip on recessed light bulbs?

In a recessed ceiling fixture, replacing a light bulb can make you uncomfortable. That’s because the room between the bulb and the trim ring is very limited, which makes it quite impossible to get a firm grip on the bulb.

How to change a lightbulb in a recessed light

This issue can easily be solved with a strip of duct tape. First you have to make sure the bulb is cool enough to touch. Then cut off a strip of tape 12 inches long and press it into the center of the bulb. To produce two non sticky handles, fold each end of the tape back toward itself. Grip the handles in a clockwise motion between your forefinger and thumb and give them a swift spin. That should remove the bulb so you can spin it the rest of the way out quickly.

Nowadays there are some products available in the market with which you can remove a light bulb from a recessed socket very comfortably You can also check a bulb changing kit with a pole or general suction cup from Amazon.

Final Verdict

If you have duct tape around you then removing a light bulb from a recessed socket will be an easy task to sort it out. So we suggest you keep a duck at your home and you do not have to worry about replacing, re-installing or removing a light bulb from a recessed socket.

How to change a lightbulb in a recessed light

There are many advantages to utilizing this style of accent lighting for ambience and disposition setting in rooms. One of these advantages is the fact that many recessed lights are adjustable.

This gives you the ability to guide lighting to specific areas of a wall or segment of a room to create a specific atmosphere or highlight articles or artwork. It is easy to change the light dispersal through the room by exchanging the bulb size from a spotlight to a floodlight bulb. Let’s begin with this article on how to replace recessed light bulb.

How To Replace Recessed Light Bulb?

  • To keep somebody from turning the breaker on while replacing the bulb, place some electrical tape over the switch. Also, make certain to warn everybody at home that you will be changing the pool light bulb.
  • Take out the small pilot screw (resembles a “+”) from the light fixture near the focal point to eliminate the light fixture. Utilize the screwdriver to pry the lighting fixture out of the attachment.
  • Uncoil the spring-like attachment line to eliminate the light fixture. Place the fixture on the deck, and unscrew the screws around the lighting fixture. There are two fixture types: one with several screws at the back of the edge and another with one screw that holds the band clamp attached to the fixture.
  • Eliminate the focal point that keeps the bulb from getting wet by eliminating the screws. Contort the bulb in a counterclockwise way to eliminate it.

How to change a lightbulb in a recessed light

  • Screw in the new bulb and place the fixture back on the deck. Walkout on and the switch that controls the pool lights to check to ensure that the new bulb is working rapidly. Whenever you’ve verified that the light is working, turn the power and switch it back off.
  • To replace the focal point gasket, place the new gasket around the glass focal point and apply a delicate strain to guarantee it is fitted properly. Place the focal point back on the fixture and replace the screws.

In case the bulb somehow gets broken then you can check this article on How To Get Broken Bulb Out Of Socket? This will help you get through the situation.

Common Problems With Recessed Bulb

How to change a lightbulb in a recessed light

The standard placement for recessed lighting in the kitchen areas anywhere from 6 to 8 feet apart. You can utilize this harsh estimate to calculate approximately the number of lights you will require based on your kitchen’s size.

Today many of the recessed lighting fixtures work similarly as with bright light bulbs. The fluorescent is really an ideal decision as they watch out for many occasions longer and convey 3 to multiple times more light per watt than your standard incandescent bulb.

One important note is to make sure that the trim you pick is compatible with the type of lighting fixture you will use to install the lighting for your room. There are basically three decisions with regards to these types of lighting fixtures.

You can purchase these things in either fluorescence fixtures, standard incandescent fixtures, and also low voltage recessed lighting, which is relatively new to the market but is incredibly safe and turning out to be more popular all the time.

How To Install A Recessed Light Properly?

  • The initial phase in installing any recessed lighting is creating a plan. When you have your plan and know the type of recessed lighting you want to utilize, you essentially decide the number of lights and purchase them from your local or an online retailer.
  • Counsel your plan for each light’s location and utilize the manufacturer’s template that accompanies the lights to draw the cut out on the roof. Drill a quarter-inch opening in the circle’s focal point and check for any hindrances in the roof before proceeding. If all is clear, utilize a drywall shaper to remove the opening for your light.
  • Again it’s important to make sure that the power source is killed before you start to wire your lights.

How to change a lightbulb in a recessed light

  • When you’re certain that the power source is off, maneuver the wire into space where the recessed light will be installed leaving approximately 18 to 20 creeps of wire to work with.
  • Wire the primary light and tie in the wiring that will lead to the following light that is to be installed.

Where Should You Use A Recessed Light Bulb?

For instance, large rooms will not need a more general lighting plan, while smaller rooms are better accented with fewer fixtures space strategically to highlight and accent the room’s components that you want to be featured.

One general guideline to follow when adding lighting fixtures is that one fixture ought to be accommodated approximately 50 ft. of space that should be.

How to change a lightbulb in a recessed light

An important safety feature to remember is that if you expect to utilize any lighting in any damp location, make sure that the actual fixture has been certified and approved for a damp location install.

It’s always best to counsel your local construction standards and have your lighting fixtures installed by a professional electrician.

The necessities vary from one state to another, so it’s vital to check before you do your layout and purchase your lights. Doing so can save you a lot of headaches as well as a ton of wasted time and cash.


If you’re searching for an ideal way to enhance any room in your home, whether it be your entrance hall, kitchen, bathroom, or entertainment room, the best type of lighting to choose would be recessed lighting fixtures.

You can also further accent or create wanted lighting impacts by adding dimmer changes to your lighting fixtures. At whatever point you add any accent lights to a room, the room’s size will always dictate your lighting necessities.

This was all from our side on how to replace recessed light bulb. Let us know what do you think in the comments below.