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I am trying to remove GU10 lightbulbs from a light fixture. The fixture makes it very difficult to grip the edges of each bulb (only about 3-4mm clearance).

Is there a lifehack to remove GU10 lightbulbs from such fixtures?

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    If you post a picture of the bulb in its fitting, it might be easier for the community to work something out. The bit that’s stuck is sometimes the bulb itself (where it plugs in), and sometimes the fitting around the bulb (to get to the bulb). – Lawrence Nov 21 '17 at 22:50
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    @Lawrence I'll try to get a photo. The part that is stuck is the bulb itself (where it plugs in). – RockPaperLizard Nov 22 '17 at 5:51
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    @RobertCartaino and the policing of answers (often for good reasons) is so rigorous (in this and other forums) that those with something to add, to suggest or a need ask for clarification have no other route to do so. – bigbadmouse Nov 22 '17 at 14:34
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I believe you could use suction pad with diameter smaller than size of light bulb. GU10 lightbulbs are usually flat so suction pad can easly adhere to this ligthbulb. Then you could catch suction pad to unscrew lightbulb.

I think one of these could be used as they have screws attached so it might be easier to catch with some tool.

  • good suggestion but isnt this just replicating the suction device they normally come with, rather than a lifehack as such? – bigbadmouse Nov 22 '17 at 14:36
  • @bigbadmouse: Well, usually you din't get suction device with GU10 light fixture. At least I had never heard about such before reading Lefty's answer – running.t Nov 22 '17 at 14:42
  • It wasn't really a criticism of you, honestly. I've always got them with the fixtures - you can buy them here ebay.co.uk/itm/… – bigbadmouse Nov 22 '17 at 15:44
  • Wow, buying such sounds like a lifehack even better than mine. You should definatelly post it as an answer. I'll upvote :) – running.t Nov 22 '17 at 15:51
  • I have added a answer below. – bigbadmouse Nov 22 '17 at 16:11
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I have this exact problem with one of my light fittings. When I bought the light, it came supplied with a special sucker for removing and refitting the bulbs. Stupidly, I used the device when the bulb was hot - and melted the soft rubber.

What I now do is to use disposable latex gloves, pushing the front glass quite firmly with the extra grip of the thumbs is enough to turn the bulb for removal and refitting. If you have normal household rubber gloves, this will probably work even better, but I just happen to have latex ones and none of the others.

Be aware, some (cheaper) GU10s have a very thin piece of glass with a square edge that is bonded to the front of the bulb. This square edge is razor sharp and will slice your thumb open without the gloves. Even with the gloves it is possible to cut yourself. Know your enemy!

Extra tip - when you replace the bulbs next time, get really high quality LED bulbs. Not only will you get all of the standard benefits of LED bulbs, but they will last for around 7 years so you will minimise the number of times you need to change them in the future.

  • I've added a link to such a tool below – bigbadmouse Nov 22 '17 at 16:11
  • @bigbadmouse Nice find! When I destroyed my one, (about 7 years ago) I could not find a replacement on the web at all. A really good local lighting shop had never heard of such a thing either - hence my resorting to the gloves idea. Most of mine are now LEDs though, so changing bulbs is largely a thing of the past. – Lefty Nov 22 '17 at 17:11
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A piece of flexible plastic tubing that just fits over the bulb makes a handle. This is also helpful in changing bulbs with broken glass.

If you can't find a tube of the right size, tape some plastic sheet together to make a tube, or better, a slight cone, so that it slips over the bulb and grips tightly. Gentle warming makes the plastic stick to the glass better.

A plastic soda bottle may also work: Soda-bottle bulb remover

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I always got one of these when I bought a fixture - link to ebay GU10 tool

its an answer to your stated problem however since it comes with a fixture when bought new, its not really a lifehack as such

edit: this is better as you get leverage link to amazon tool with a handle

  • Thanks. Don't those just tear off the glass surface on halogen GU10 bulbs? – RockPaperLizard Nov 22 '17 at 18:29
  • no, they're really tough - I've often needed to worm a knife under the lip to break the seal. – bigbadmouse Nov 23 '17 at 8:52
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If you can put some adhesive tape in the 3-4mm space, and press it against the side of the bulb (maybe with a paper clip, tooth pick, spatula, or some other slim implement), you may be able to pull the bulb out of the socket with the tape. I would do 2 pieces of tape, with the first one opposite the second one (180 degrees away).

  • see the tool I found on ebay - link above – bigbadmouse Nov 23 '17 at 8:55

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