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How to change chandelier light bulbs? [A Quick Guide]

changing chandelier light bulbs

Changing chandelier light bulbs can seem like a daunting task, but it's actually quite simple once you know the steps.

Here's a quick step by step guide on how to do it.

How to change chandelier light bulbs?

  • First, make sure to turn off the electricity to the chandelier by flipping the appropriate switch or circuit breaker. This is an important safety measure to prevent any electric shocks, and you shouldn’t be switching out light bulbs when electric is still being supplied to them.
  • Once the power is off, use a ladder or stool to reach the chandelier. Make sure the ladder is securely placed on a stable surface before climbing up.
  • Take a look at the chandelier and locate the bulbs that need to be replaced. On some chandeliers you will have a removable panel or glass shade that covers the bulbs, so you’ll need to remove these first.
  • Once you've identified the light bulbs that need to be changed, carefully remove them from their sockets. Be sure to hold onto the base of the bulb as you twist counterclockwise to loosen it.
  • Once the old bulb is out, insert the new bulb into the socket. Be sure to match the base of the new bulb to the socket, and screw it in clockwise until it's securely in place.
  • Repeat the process for each light bulb that needs to be changed.
  • Finally, turn the electricity back on and test the chandelier to make sure the new bulbs are working properly.

Changing chandelier light bulbs is a simple task that can be done in just a few minutes. By following these steps, you'll be able to keep your chandelier looking its best and provide ample lighting for any room.

How to change upward facing chandelier bulbs

chandelier with upward facing bulbs

If your chandelier has upward-facing light bulbs, the same process can be followed, but you will need to take a few more things into consideration.

Firstly, upward-facing light bulbs in a chandelier can be a lot trickier to unscrew than downward-facing bulbs, largely due to awkward position you’ll need to get your hand into to unscrew it.

There are tools available specifically for unscrewing upward-facing chandelier bulbs, so be sure to have a Google to see if these could be of use to you.

Additionally, you may have to use a much taller ladder, or even go onto a second floor landing and reach down if that is an option.

This is because it is much easier to unscrew (and then re-screw) an upward facing bulb when you approach it from above, removing the need to get your hand into the awkward position mentioned earlier.

Other than that, the step-by-step process in the previous section can be followed.

Frequently asked questions

How to change chandelier light bulbs on high ceilings?

The steps in the guide above will also be applicable for chandeliers that are hanging from high ceilings, you’ll just need to make sure that your ladder is long enough to allow you to reach.

Extra care should be taken when working with chandeliers on high ceilings however, as the risk of injury is increased.

What light bulbs are best for chandeliers?

The best light bulb for a chandelier will depend on the style/look you are trying to achieve. We have some excellent Vintage Edison Bulbs that would work beautifully, but it all comes down to personal preference!

You should consider the power of the light bulb however, as chandeliers are often placed in larger-sized rooms, so powerful bulbs will be required to sufficiently light up the larger space.