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Question DetailsAsked on 5/7/2015

who can help change light bulbs in ceilings over 20 ft high in The Woodlands, TX. Assume I need scaffolding?

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No - if the bulbs are typical recessed ceiling bulbs, commercial light bulb replacement companies have long-reach tools for this. You can also buy one yourself for about $50 for 18 foot reach one (so 20-22 foot reach from a standing person holding it, or more from a short ladder) at Amazon, Harbor Freight Tool and others, and at most home improvement box stores for more. If buying, be sure if you need spring-grip type (needs room around bulb to fit over it) or suction cup type (fits just on end of bulb).


If chandeliers or sconces or such, or recessed bulbs within a couple of feet of a wall, then a normal 24-28' entension ladder (with a couple of pair thick socks on the end to avoid marring wall) will usually get a person close enough. If out in middle of room like a chandelier, sometimes you can angle a ladder to get close enough - otherwise takes scaffolding or more commonly a cherry picking ladder - a ladder with legs that support it at an angle. You can also rent such ladders at a tool rental place, if you have a pickup or such to move it.


Contractor - for normal extension ladder reach - Handyman. For specialty ladders some window washers do this (good time to clean any high windows too), otherwise commercial light bulb changing company, which is not an AL category.


Certainly, considering you are paying $50-100+ to change bulbs - usually you replace all at same time even if still working (and use good ones in lower ficxtures you can reach till they die) to minimize frequency of return visits - and get good brand-name long-life bulbs. If you are buying and providing bulbs be sure they are right base length and diameter, and have a couple of spares in case one or two get dropped or broken with the tool - happens at times.


Yes - I know - bulbs are in fixture, so how do you know what type it takes - base type/diameter, wattage, standard or long-neck, etc - so contractor may have to make a store run during job which will cost more - keep a dead bulb as an example for next time they need replacement.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD




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