I HAVE A HIGH VAULTED CEILING AND CANNOT REACH THE LIGHT TO CHANGE THE BULBS?
This can be a problem if you have a large 2 or 3 story entrance hall or stairwell or have high vaulted ceilings in a barn conversion for instance. It is much better to consider the issue before selecting your light fitting so you can avoid the expense of having to buy a scaffold tower or hiring scaffolding every time you want to change a light bulb. Choosing a light fitting that can be accessed from a ladder will make changing bulbs that much easier. Consider also whether you could reach the light from the upper floors if you have galleried landings.
Please ensure you turn off the light and allow the bulbs to cool down before attempting to change any bulbs. If you are safely able to use a ladder to change the bulb, then position the ladder slightly behind the bulb you wish to change and have someone positioned below for extra stability.
If your light will be totally out of reach another option is to consider installing a specialist winch or hoist to avoid having that "Only Fools and Horses" moment. There are a number of chandelier winches on the market and whilst they are not cheap they will enable you to lower your light fittings to the desired level for maintenance to be carried out in total safety. Most are fairly compact and can be easily fitted between joists. They are available with different cable lengths and carrying capacities and with remote controls.
It is possible to purchase telescopic extension poles relatively cheaply which can extend up to around 16', but these are not recommended for removing bayonet cap bulbs on hanging pendant lights.
It is well worth considering investing in LED bulbs. LED bulbs are very low energy meaning low running costs and they are very long life with lifetimes of up to 30,000 hours. So worrying about changing bulbs becomes less of a worry! Click here to view our selection of LED bulbs: LED Bulbs
Here at The Lighting Company we specialise in lights and chandeliers for high ceilings and barn conversions and are always happy to assist customers in selecting suitable lights. If you have any queries please contact us using the 'Contact Us' link
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