May 11, 2011

How do you replace Fluourescent Light Bulbs?

Buying fluorescent lights is not someone has to do often. The process may become more common with the advent of the compact fluorescent light bulb, but considering a CFL can last for several years before it needs to be replaced. The process of replacing a standard fluorescent bulb is more complex than replacing an incandescent light bulb, but not much more complex.

Fluorescent Light Bulbs
When you go to the hardware store, you need to know the length of the bulb you are replacing. You also need to know the type of the socket. When replacing the bulb, measure the length if you do not know it. Get a ladder to reach the bulb safely. Twist the bulb slightly. A slight pop is normal. Carefully lower the old bulb. If you have someone helping you, get the new bulb and screw it in the same way you removed the old one.
The reason to be careful with the bulb is not just because broken shards of glass can cause problems. Fluorescent bulbs contain a small amount of mercury. Mercury is harmful to humans if it builds up in the body in large enough amounts.

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