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Spring Clean your Light Bulbs

Date : 07 September 2015

With spring in the air, many people each year decide to take this time to spring clean their homes, wardrobe and for some – even their lives. Have you ever thought about spring cleaning your light bulbs?

It may sound strange, but instead of doing the usual this year, why not be a bit different and take a walk around your home replacing old or faulty bulbs that you just don’t usually get around to doing (or keep putting off).

This month, we have some tips for you to make sure that you’re changing your light bulbs safely; and some tips may not be as obvious as you think. We also have an idea for those who want to start being more eco-friendly around the home.

Light Bulb Changing Safety Tips

  • The first thing you need to do is make sure the main switch that powers your light bulb is off. This may seem like obvious advice, but many people still do "hot swaps” when changing their bulbs. This means that they take the risk of getting a nasty shock because electricity is still running through the bulb. The best thing to do is to switch the switch off and wait for the bulb to be cool before removing it.
  • If your light is high and out of reach, make sure youuse a stable step-ladder or chair to stand on. It’s not uncommon that people sustain injuries from falling off unstable furniture when trying to do some handy work around their house.
  • A great tip to follow would be to wear a pair of gloves. As you unscrew the light bulb, it’s very easy to accidentally break the fragile glass.
  • Avoid a power surge by ensuring that the new light bulb has the same wattage as the old one – or even a lower one. If you go with a higher wattage than what can be handled, it could trip the power in your house or the light bulb could burn out.
  • While this tip may seem a bit drastic to some, wearing goggles while you change your bulbs is a good way to protect your eyes.It could be possible that there’s a broken fragment in the bulb which could fall directly into your eye if you’re looking up.
  • Lastly, it’s very important to dispose of your light bulbs correctly.If you’re not recycling, wrap the light bulb up in newspaper before throwing it in your bin.

Take the Environmentally-Friendly Route this Spring

If you’re looking at being more eco-conscious at home, one of the first moves you could make towards this is switching to CFL light bulbs. Not only do they offer a longer life than regular bulbs, they also save up to 80% more energy. These bulbs will be worth every cent in the long run; and best of all, you don’t need to put these all over your home at the same time. As a light bulb burns out or becomes faulty and you need to replace them one by one, simply replace them with a CFL bulb. Eventually, all your lighting will be eco-friendly – which is just the start of working towards an environmentally-conscious home.

Do you have any safety tips when it comes to changing a light bulb that you’d like to share with us? Let us know on our Facebook page!