Ceiling fan light bulb changing is not complicated if you know the right process. Whatever it has broken or burned out, you may need to change it anytime. Or if you want to upgrade your current ceiling fan light with a more powerful one.
However, this simple process saves your time and money. But before going to any electric contact, safety first. There are different types of light bulbs: standard light bulb, recessed light bulb, or fluorescent bulb. If you follow our instruction, you will be able to change any types of light bulbs.
Required tools and equipment:
- Step Ladder
- Tester for checking the electricity
- New Light bulb
Step 1: Disconnect the power source.
Go to your home’s power distribution board and turn off the breaker in this room. If you are not sure which one is for the fan, you can take all the breakers down for safety. If there is no light, use a flashlight.
Step 2: Get a step ladder.
Use a sturdy step ladder. Place the ladder on a levelled ground and lock it before climbing up.
Step 3: Remove the light cover.
You can wear a glove for removing the globe. If the globe is attached with screws, hole the globe with one hand and carefully unscrew all the screws with a screwdriver. Make sure the screw doesn’t fall on the floor; keep them in your pocket. Now hold the cover with both hands and carefully separate it from the fan body.
If you do not find any screw, maybe this is the push rotate lock type. This type of globe is straightforward to remove. Hole the cover carefully, and then push it up and rotate it counterclockwise. After slightly rotate, it will come out automatically. Keep the light cover in a safe place, and you are done.
Step 4: Remove light bulbs.
After removing the light cover, you can remove light bulbs. Make sure the bulb is cool. Now turn the bulb and pull it out from the socket.
Purchase a new bulb if it burns out or damage. Also, check the wattage of your old bulb and buy a similar one.
Step 5: Install the new bulb.
Place the new bulb in the socket and tighten it by turning it clockwise. It’s important not to twist it too hard, and it might break.
Now turn on the switch to check the light is ok or not. If the bulb is not working, double-check the main switch and your room circuit breaker. If everything is ok, but the bulb is not working. Most probably, the light fixture kit needs to be replaced.
Step 6: Recessed Light Bulb.
If your ceiling fan has a recessed bulb, this step is for you. It might be secure with a collar. If you don’t find any collar, check there is any space between the case and bulb. If no, you will see a metal ring.
Now you need to remove the collar for changing the bulb. Turn the collar counterclockwise. For some fixture, you might need to push it upward slightly and then rotate it for removal.
After removing the collar from a fixture with a collar, simply twist the bulb out of the socket. While collars are more cumbersome, they have the advantage of allowing you to remove both the bulb and the socket.
Purchase a new one similar to the old one. If you are not sure about your old LED type, bring it to the hardware store. They might help you to identify.
Step 7: Unplug the light wires.
If your light kit is damaged, this part is for you. If your ceiling fan light is control separately, you will find two wire that controls the light. Remove the wire nut and twist the wire for separate light wire and hose wire.
Step 8: Remove the light kit.
If you separate wiring perfectly, light kit removing will be easy for you. Apart from the wire and pull the kit. You have to remember light wiring for a new kit connection. Wrong wiring might occur in a short circuit, and your component might be damaged.
You can take a note of which color wire was connected to which one. Some ceiling fan brand level the wire which one is for what. It helps you to identify quickly.
Step 9: Rewiring light kit:
Now you need to purchase a new light kit that will fit with your ceiling fan model. Now you can easily rewire your new light kit according to the old wiring.
Step 10: Place the new light kit.
After finishing wiring, attach the kit to the right position. Placed the light kit and tightened the screw, then attach the globe.
Step 11: Turn on the switch and check.
Again go to the SDB board and turn on all switches and check your new installed light kit. So you are done!
Now turn on the fan to see if everything you’ve done is working or not. If not, contact an electrician. That will be beneficial to you. You can also look through the manual that came with your ceiling fan. There are also instructions for changing the light bulb.