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Question DetailsAsked on 2/14/2016

What types of companies come out to your home to change light bulbs in a 20ft high ceiling in Smithton, IL

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Answered 4 years ago by Member Services


As AL says - if an extension ladder can be leaned against a wall within safe reach of the bulbs, a Handyman, who generally have extension ladders able to put your hands within about 25-30 feet above ground. If these are central in the ceiling so one could not reasonably reach them from an extension ladder, then some Window Washing companies do that, as do some Painters and maybe a few Handymen - because it will require either a very unusually tall A-frame ladder, or two ladders with scaffolding put across between them or erecting metal scaffolding - all of which are approaches those trades routinely use to reach high ceilings. Of course, you provide the bulbs unless you want to to pay them to go to the store to buy them - and I recommend getting reliable brand name bulbs so you are not replacing them in a few months.

Of course, commercial building maintenance companies (not an AL Search the List category) also do this routinely - you would have to google for commercial building maintenance or building lighting companies.

While they are there, I would strongly recommend having ALL high bulbs replaced at one time (now and as needed in the future), otherwise you may be paying someone to come every few months to change just one or two bulbs. This is routine preventative maintenance procedure in high ceiling locations - save the bulbs they remove that still work and just finish off their lives in fixtures you can reach yourself.

One DIY alternative - making sure power to fixtures is off first - is using a bulb changing tool, if there is enough clearance around the bulb in the fixture to use one - or if you are inclined to trust a suction cup type, which sometimes let loose on you. Look like in following links, with extension pole. Obviously, you have to be able (maybe with help from normal step ladder) to reach the bulb at about a straight-on angle - and they do not generally work on pin type bulbs - those you have to get right up there to change. But these devices do work well, especially on threaded flood and spot bulbs. Do NOT use this type of glass-grabbing changer with exposed spiral (as opposed to floodlight glass-enclosed) CFL bulbs - you can easily break off the spiral glass and end up with both broken glass and mercury contamination.

Be sure you are wearing safety glasses or better yet a face shield in case you drop a bulb - good idea to spread tarp or such on floor too, or better yet suspend a sheet or tarp between chairs to catch falling bulb without breakage (hopefully).

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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