How To Change A Light Bulb

We’ve all had light bulbs go out. It’s an unavoidable part of your home maintenance that needs to be replaced every now and again. Changing a light bulb is such an easy task to do and we’ll show you just how in a step by step guide. You’ll be changing your light bulbs like a pro in no time!

What needs to be done

  1. Power needs to be turned off

It’s important that the power is turned off for safety reasons and to avoid any hazards that could occur. The safest way to turn your power off is by going to your fuse box and switching the large red power button off.

  1. Let the light bulb cool

Don’t touch the light bulb as soon as you’ve turned it off to avoid any burns. Let the light bulb cool down before touching it.

  1. Safely access the light

Safety comes before anything when changing a light bulb. Ensure that you can safely access the light. You could use a stepladder to do this.

  1. Take out the light bulb

There are two types of bulbs – screw fitting and bayonet mount.  If your light bulbs are screw fitting, twist the light bulb anticlockwise until it comes out of the socket. If your light bulbs are bayonet mount, push the light bulb upwards and then twist the light bulb anticlockwise until it comes out.

  1. Replace the light bulb

Grab your new replacement light bulb and screw it firmly into the socket turning the bulb clockwise until it locks into place.

  1. Turn the power back on

Go back to your fuse box and switch that large red power button back on.

  1. Dispose of your old light bulb

It’s important to dispose of your old light bulb safely. Grab the box of your new light and place the old light in it so the glass doesn’t break. You can then get rid of it!

  1. Enjoy your newly lit up space!

Sit back and enjoy the beauty of a well-lit room.


  • Ensure you your new light bulb has the same wattage as your old light bulb.
  • Ensure your stepladder is secure and safe whilst carrying out the work.
  • Ensure you’re gentle with the light bulb as they are fragile and could break.
  • In some cases, you might need a professional licensed technician to come in and change your light bulb. That’s where the team at Our Local Electrician come in. We are able to change any type of bulb, no matter how easy or difficult it may be! Safety comes first with our team and we’re always making sure it’s the centre of our work.
  • If you're still having problems, give our friendly team a call for all the guidance you need on 03 9909 5369.

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