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Changing light bulbs that are 20' up #4753335
05/10/18 06:53 PM
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Donald Offline OP
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Have some recessed lights about 20' up in a living room. I really want to put in retro LED kit, so I need to touch the light fixture and cannot just use a long pole.

It's a varnished wood floor over a crawl space so I cannot bring in some heavy lift.


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Re: Changing light bulbs that are 20' up [Re: Donald] #4753341
05/10/18 06:58 PM
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Rent a really big stepladder?


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Re: Changing light bulbs that are 20' up [Re: Donald] #4753350
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Ladder, scaffold would be unnecessary.

It will be easier to find a large combination ladder as opposed to a really large folding ladder.

EDIT: Scaffold on wheels would be much safer, a combo ladder used at an A frame ladder is a little scary but setting up scaffold is a pain.

Last edited by maxdustington; 05/10/18 07:08 PM.

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Re: Changing light bulbs that are 20' up [Re: Donald] #4753362
05/10/18 07:21 PM
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How about just buying an LED flood light bulb. I use R-20 LED bulbs. As my halogen bulbs burn out they get the R-20 LED. You should be able to get an LED bulb in any size. Amazon will have them. I realize you still have to deal with the height. How about using a 20 ft extension pole (common at Home Depot) and rubber bulb suction gizmo (again at Home Depot). Clear the area, put down a large tarp. Put on safety glasses and a hard hat (seriously) and see if you can unscrew the existing bulb. It might come free but then you have to close down the extension sections and that gets a bit dicey. The alternative is to rent scaffolding. I really don't think you need the retro kit as I understand, unless I am missing something about your description of what you currently have.

Last edited by Snagglefoot; 05/10/18 07:25 PM.

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Re: Changing light bulbs that are 20' up [Re: Snagglefoot] #4753374
05/10/18 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted By: Snagglefoot
As my halogen bulbs burn out they get the R-20 LED.


It's just so hard to find them over 550 lumens without costing an arm & a leg.....


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Re: Changing light bulbs that are 20' up [Re: Donald] #4753381
05/10/18 07:37 PM
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Not sure how tall you are and how comfortable you are on a ladder. I used one of these on my stairs standing on top. It was stable for me. I think the height I needed to clear was 17 feet and I was replacing a light fixture.


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Re: Changing light bulbs that are 20' up [Re: Linctex] #4753406
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
Originally Posted By: Snagglefoot
As my halogen bulbs burn out they get the R-20 LED.


It's just so hard to find them over 550 lumens without costing an arm & a leg.....


The lower watt ones are subsidized. How many times are you going to change this, once? Pay the $15. I'd test it in a lower-level fixture to make sure the color balance etc are what you like before the big climb.

Re: Changing light bulbs that are 20' up [Re: Donald] #4753447
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Lowes has GE Reveal 11 watt 650 lumen BR-30 bulbs for $3.19 each.

Color is very nice...
2800 Kelvin...

Price depends on the store...

Reveal 65 W Equivalent Dimmable Color-enhancing Br30 LED Flood Light Bulb
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Reveal-65-W-Equ...Bulb/1000083321


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Re: Changing light bulbs that are 20' up [Re: Donald] #4753463
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I’ve also applied a “reverse” ribbon of green painters tape on a suction cup to keep it on the cup while lowering the pole sections. Worked OK.


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Changing light bulbs that are 20' up [Re: Donald] #4753527
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Originally Posted By: Donald
Have some recessed lights about 20' up in a living room. I really want to put in retro LED kit, so I need to touch the light fixture and cannot just use a long pole.

It's a varnished wood floor over a crawl space so I cannot bring in some heavy lift.

It could be worse.............


Re: Changing light bulbs that are 20' up [Re: Donald] #4753582
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I had to replace a fan with a chandelier 2 years ago - 20' up. I used scaffolding - 2 vertical sections. Yes a pain to setup, but imo, the safest. Get the safety railings as well. Glad I got them for my work.
Use doubled heavy cardboard or plywood on cardboard to protect your floors. And get the wheels, easier to move around. They delivered to my home. $200 all in for the weekend.


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Re: Changing light bulbs that are 20' up [Re: Donald] #4753758
05/11/18 05:57 AM
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Rent some scaffolding. It's cheap.


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Re: Changing light bulbs that are 20' up [Re: Donald] #4753939
05/11/18 09:02 AM
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If you use a ladder, your butt checks are gonna be sore the next day. shocked


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Re: Changing light bulbs that are 20' up [Re: Donald] #4753994
05/11/18 09:34 AM
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Donald Offline OP
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The rental places rent a "Little Giant" ladder. Not sure if it is high enough however.


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Re: Changing light bulbs that are 20' up [Re: Donald] #4754360
05/11/18 04:23 PM
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I worked at a place that had a small electric vertical bucket lift. Just went straight up and down but would go well over 30'. It was on wheels and you just moved it where you wanted to go and take the ride.

Something like this. Don't know what the rental situation is around you.

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