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Subject: Changing Light Bulbs in Track Lights on a 20 foot high vaulted ceiling We have a contemporary house with a 20 foot vaulted ceiling. It has a track light at the tallest area of the ceiling. The problem is changing the light bulbs. Several of them can be changed using the long pole with a  device on the end designed to aid in removing and installing a light bulb.  However others have a grill which must be removed and replaced when light bulbs are changed. My first thought was to purchase an 18 foot "A" free standing ladder. TMhey are not easy to find and are very expensive. Any suggestions? Many thanks! Robert Wood

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We have the same problem at out church, the ceiling is 25' at the Peak! Most of the lights are below that, but we have to set scaffolding to change them, and to work on the projectors. It wouldn't be bad if it was just a bulb but it is those halogen bulbs that you can't touch with your skin, we also have an 18 foot fiberglass step ladder to reach some of the lower ones. It is a fairly light ladder, comes in real handy. If you put your bulbs in loose, they come out easier, with your pole there, but some are just impossible to get out. Don't buy one of those metal folding mouse trap ladders, they weigh a ton. They extend, but the take 3 gorilla's to get them positioned. I think we got out ladder from a home depot. Hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010

  • Robert H Wood Jul 11, 2010

    When I install a new screw-in bulb I put a very light coat of silicone grease on the threads of the new bulb before installation. This prevents corrosion of the threads and makes a lot easier to remove a burned out bulb. You can purchase the silicone grease at Home Depot or Lowes in their plumbing department. A little container of it costs about $3.



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