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A floodlight can be a wonderful ceiling fixture until the floodlight bulb burns out. Changing it can be very challenging, especially if you don’t feel entirely comfortable on a ladder. Additionally, the fixtures that hold the bulb in place can be awkward to remove. In truth, however, it’s not a complex operation and there are ways to make changing a flood light bulb much easier.

Often, the bulb will have a protective cover to keep it in place. It could be something as simple as a springy piece of wire that you will need to remove before fitting the new bulb (keep it secure and replace it after you’ve fitted the new flood lightbulb). If there’s any trim that keeps the bulb in place, unscrew it and keep the screws safe so you can replace them later. Take the correct screwdriver up the ladder with you to prevent having to make two trips up and down.

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Step 1

Turn off any electricity going to the halogen flood light. Locate the circuit breaker or fuse for the flood light and turn off the breaker or remove the fuse. Let the flood light cool before removing it.

Step 2

Use a ladder to climb to the location where the halogen flood light is located. Secure the ladder before climbing.

Step 3

Use a screwdriver to remove any screws holding a cover over the flood light if a cover is present. Remove the cover or if it is on hinges, swing the cover to the side or place it upright.

Step 4

Look at how the halogen light bulb is seated in the light socket--the bulb may be seated between two metal spring-loaded sockets or in a screw-in socket.

Step 5

Place a cloth or soft tissue over the halogen light bulb.

Step 6

Gently pull one of the metal spring-loaded sockets away from the light bulb if the bulb is in a spring-loaded socket or unscrew the halogen light bulb in a counter clockwise motion.

Step 7

Pull the halogen light bulb gently from the spring-loaded socket or continue to unscrew the light bulb until it separates from the screw-in light socket.

Step 8

Place the old halogen light bulb in your shirt pocket, jacket or other secure place until you can place it in a plastic bag and dispose of it in your household/business trash can.

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Things You Will Need



Cloth or soft tissue

Plastic bag


If replacing the halogen light bulb with a new one, place the new halogen light bulb in your shirt pocket, jacket or other places where it won't fall out or become damaged before you climb on the ladder.

Leave the bulb in its packaging until you are ready to install it. Use a cloth to hold the light bulb to avoid getting oils from your fingers on to the glass surface. Then place the new bulb in between the two metal spring-loaded sockets or screw the bulb into the socket by turning it in a clockwise direction until it stops in the socket.

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