How to get a broken lightbulb out of a socket.

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  1. mariahlullaby macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 3-day old lamp that suddenly stopped working, so I thought it might be a dud light bulb. I waited until it had cooled off (gave it a day) and unscrewed the lightbulb from the metal base, and the whole thing shattered in my hand (gave me a nasty cut). Now I have just the metal bit and the "innards" sticking out of the socket and I can't get it out so I can put a new bulb in.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Matty-Andy macrumors newbie

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    Whenever that happens to me I use needle-nosed pliers and grab the metal edge and slowly turn...
     
  3. tweakers_suck macrumors regular

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    I have heard of people using a potato cut in half and using that to grab onto the sharp pieces, then unscrewing the broken bulb.
     
  4. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    Is it a screw thread or a bayonet fitting (the kind you have to push down and unhook the little side pins from the shade)?

    Firstly, get rid of any bits of glass that are sticking up, and then protect your hand with a towel or something. Make sure the power's off! If its a bayonet one, just push down really hard on the metal bit and turn it enough to unhook it. If it's a screw thread, maybe use some pliers to grip the metal bit and turn it with them?

    Good luck!

    Edit: Well, I was really slow there! :D
     
  6. iGav macrumors G3

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  7. mariahlullaby thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok I will see if I can find a potato (on a college campus, but there's a grocery store around). Thanks!!
     
  8. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Excellent. Now we know how many MR posters it takes to change a light bulb.


    [ edit: Bah. ]
     
  9. Queso macrumors G4

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    Did anyone else hear drums and a cymbal as they read that?
     
  10. monke macrumors 65816

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    Real faint ones.....
     
  11. dcv macrumors G3

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    Hehe, I saw that potato thing on "Tool Time" (Home Improvement) :D
     
  12. Unorthodox macrumors 65816

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    A day?!
    You could have seriously injured yourself.

    Next time please follow this list of lightbulb changing safety tips:

    -Allow at least on month for bulb to cool down (one year for halogen)
    -Always wear safety goggles
    -Unplug lamp and throw circuit-breaker for entire house
    -Wear ELC certified electrician gloves
    -Always use the buddy system
    -Have phone nearby incase of injury or fire
    -Throw away lamp and buy a new one

    :roll-eyes:
     
  13. MrCrowbar macrumors 68000

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    You can fund professionals who do it for you. Costs about as much as hiring a hitman for a weekend, but definately worth it. :cool:
     
  14. skunk macrumors G4

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    Frankly, I prefer the needle-nosed pliers to the potato method. Potatoes tend to be full of water. Water + Electricity = Bad. As long as the switch is OFF you'll be OK.
     
  15. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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  16. erickkoch macrumors 6502a

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    I saw a commercial where a carrot was used to remove a broken light bulb. Use whatever vegetable works.
     
  17. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    I'm embarrassed that I laughed at that. :p


    Lethal
     
  18. iGav macrumors G3

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    That's what the pink marigolds are for silly.
     

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