Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What Not To Do When A Light Bulb Gets Stuck

It’s very easy to take shortcuts and get creative when it comes to doing projects around your home. It’s never a good idea to take shortcuts especially when it comes to your electrical system. Failure to adhere to the rules can pose a tremendous threat to your health.

Take this for example, you have a broken light bulb that seems to be stuck in the socket. In order to get the light bulb out, you search your home for a lubricant that may make it easier to slide out. Upon searching, you find a can of WD-40, a jar of petroleum jelly and a bottle of mineral oil. Perfect, right? WRONG!

Here are a few reasons why using household lubricants in your light sockets is a very bad idea:
  • The lubricant may be a conductor. If this is the case, it can cause a short if any of the lubricant gets on the contact. Petroleum jelly acts as an insulator and can cause the bulb not to function.
  • You wouldn’t want the light to get stuck again, right? Well if dirt gets trapped in the thread, this is a likely outcome.
  • Lubricants don’t always stay moist. They can dry over time and corrode which will make the bulb difficult to remove.

If you’re experiencing problems or difficulty with any of your light bulbs, give GEN3 Electric a call. We’ll come by to help solve the problem and get your bulbs back in working order. Remember to follow us on Twitter for more electrical updates!

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