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Metal Part of Light Bulb Stuck in Socket The metal part of my light bulb is stuck in socket of my curio stand. The glass part broke off in my hand. I unplugged the curio stand and have been working with needle nose pliers. The pliers are tearing through the metal part of the bulb. I think if I continue it will eventually come loose. Is there any danger of electrical shock! I don't think I should have to turn off the power at the circuit box since I unplugged the curio stand from the wall. I have the patience to keep working at it with the pliers but my main concern is getting electrically shocked or knocked on my rear!

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If you are unplugged you won't get shocked and if it's 12v you won't feel it. Your on the right track using needle nose or a square nose plyers. Insert pliers and pull handles apart I have found to be the best way for getting broken bulbs out.

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You are ok to continue as you have disconnected it from the wall socket

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