Hello! I’m back with another simple DIY tutorial involving changing light bulbs. It seems so simple, yet so many people ask their handy friends to take care of these sort of things. Why ask somebody to do it for you when you can learn to do it yourself, right?
Today’s post actually has two projects in one. One of my outdoor light bulbs went out along with the bulbs in our house lights. I don’t think we’ve got any poltergeists or anything making our garage bulbs burn out all at once; I think many of these lights haven’t been replaced since the house was built ten years ago.
Besides, I get to swap out regular bulbs for LED ones, and that’s something I love doing. 🙂 My entire house will be running on low-power LED bulbs one day. I’m just taking things one project at a time.
Ready to go? Let’s do this!
What you’ll need:
- Bulbs that fit your specific lights. In my experience, most outdoor lights take regular bulbs.
- Ladder (unless you’re really tall)
- Optional: a friend
Duration: <20 minutes
Project One: Garage lights
Here’s what I was dealing with: your ordinary outdoor light. Only one had burned out, so I could have just replaced one bulb. However, I wanted them to match so they’d glow the same (and hopefully die around the same time in the future).
After inspecting the light, I discovered that my particular light had these little caps that could be unscrewed. That seemed to be the simplest way inside to the bulb, so I decided to use those. I unscrewed these little caps (to the left) and placed them in the spot in my ladder (I have a pic of that later).
My light was a bit flimsy here, so I had to hold the glass in place before putting the bulb in. I got help for the second one. 🙂
Moved my ladder. This time, I had to place it on the wood chips in our flowerbed. As you can see, I am wearing my flat polka-dot shoes (I ♥ Target!) while working on this project. The ladder wasn’t wobbling, so I felt safe enough to climb up.
Pictured: my husband’s hand holding the glass just in case.
Project Two: House numbers
These burned out shortly after we moved in (or may not have worked at all). My mom said she’d help me, but I never took her up on that offer. So Mom, this DIY’s for you. 🙂
After inspection, I found that I needed to grip the plastic cover and pinch it to get it to come off of the plate. There were tabs sticking out of the center of the top and bottom that had corresponding holes on the plate.
Always take note of how you got things to come apart so you can put them back together when you’re done.
Remove the bulbs. I’d already opened this up the other day to find out what kind I needed, so I had some replacements handy.
These particular bulbs just pushed in, so they were easy to install. I ordered a 10-pack on Amazon* that got here in two days (Prime for the win!) so I could get this project done while I was off work. I now have spares in case one goes out in the near future.
Sadly, these were not LED. 🙁
To my surprise, they came on immediately. For some reason, I thought they were on a sensor that kicked them on when the sun went down. Looks like they’re on all day and just appear to light up at night because it gets dark and they become visible.
This step may be tricky. It was for me when I took it off to order bulbs and took me a few tries to get it on right. You’ll get it with some trial and error.
That’s it! You’re done with another DIY project! As always, make sure you fold and put your ladder away in a safe spot. Bag up any used bulbs so they don’t break in the garbage and cut anybody and dispose of them following the directions here.
Congratulations on tackling another simple DIY project!
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