How to Change Bulbs in Your Christmas Lights

Changing your Christmas light bulbs should be no different to replacing domestic bulbs. It is a very simple procedure if you follow a few straightforward guidelines.

Created by Andy Hobson (Alumni) on Monday, 12th of November, 2012.
Updated on Monday, 7th of November, 2016.


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If you are using old bulbs, consider buying new ones that meet higher safety standards. If they are old style filament bulbs, replace them with LEDs as they are safer as they emit less heat and will also save you money as they consume less electricity and last longer.

Safety First

When you notice that a bulb has ‘blown’, switch off the power. Never remove or insert bulbs when switched on.

For extra safety, especially when changing a bulb outdoors, consider buying a residual current device for an outdoor display. With an RCD if the power for some reason is still on and you touch a live wire, the circuit disconnects and prevents you receiving an electric shock.

Replacement bulbs should have a British Standard Kitemark and bought from a reputable retailer. Buying second hand is never recommended. Always buy like for like, don’t mix bulbs from different sets. The code number for spare bulbs should be listed on the item’s original box.

Always Read Instructions

Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions and take care when unpacking not to damage the bulbs.

When changing the bulb don’t let children play with them, LEDs are easy to swallow.

If you have to use a ladder to reach the bulb, make sure it is sturdy and steady.

Make sure people can’t trip over the cable and do not run it under carpet.

Keep the lights clear of any flammable materials and decorations.

Store any replacement lights out of the reach of children and avoid keeping them in damp or excessively hot places.

When the bulb has been changed and the lights are functioning again, don’t forget to switch indoor lights off when you leave the room. Also remember to turn them off when you go to bed or if you go out of the house.

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