to remove a broken lightbulb
When a light bulb
is broken, such as when a lamp gets dropped or a stray ball
hits the lightbulb, it can be a pain to remove it. In fact,
many people don't know how to remove it so they leave it.
Fortunately, it is relatively simple to remove a broken lightbub,
even when it is only the base remaining.
What do you need?
A pair of gloves and a potato!
Chose a potato
that is a size you can grasp easily, then cut it in half.
You need to cut
the power supply to the light bulb. If it is a lamp, you can
simply unplug it. But if it is a lightbulb that is attached
to a regular lightswitch, you will need to either cut the
breaker that supplies the power to that part of the house,
or better, cut the power supply to the entire house. Simply
go to your electrical panel and flip the switch that supplies
power to the entire house.
Using gloves, push
the cut end of the potato onto the broken lightbulb until
it feels secure. Then slowly turn the potato, ensuring that
the bulb is turning too. If only the potato is turning, reposition
it so that the potato is able to grib the broken bulb enough
to turn it.
Now unscrew the
lightbulb completely, and dispose of the potato (with the
bulb inside it) into the garbage, wrapping it in newspaper
or placing it in cardboard if any broken glass is still exposed.
Check the socket
to make sure the potato didn't leave any moisture in it before
you put a new lightbulb into the socket.