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I can only give this product three stars. I only used this product once in an effort to replace a flood bulb that is about 20ft off the ground. I attached the bulb changer to an existing extension poll and it worked great to remove the existing incandescent flood bulb that was burnt out. Where the product did not work for me was when I went to install the replacement LED bulb. I purchased a Ecosmart BR40 75W equivalent LED flood bulb and it was significantly heavier than the incandescent bulb and the bulb face was very FLAT. I tested the STAUBER Best Bulb Changer (without the extension pole) with the Ecosmart LED bulb and the suction cup was not strong enough to hold the bulb. I appeared to be holding for a few seconds and then the suction cup would slowly loosen it's grip on the bulb. I used the cleaning rag and tried to add a little moisture to the cup of the changer but I was not able to keep a tight hole onto the LED food light. I would recommend that you test this product with your LED bulbs.
I was replacing all my CFC bulbs (such a scam the government played on us...) with LED's. But found overhead second story ceiling 2 flood lamps out of my reach.
Decided to give this a try. Also ordered an extension rod. But rod was not going to arrive for several days (even though listed as PRIME)... So when this changer arrived, I quickly realized it had a screw in adapter the same size as any standard broom or mop handle. Fit perfectly.
So I went up the stairway (no where to properly rest a ladder) and I quickly realized I could reach just fine without the extension rod.
The novel pull string to release the bulb after you tighten is perfect.
One word of caution, but nothing to do with the tool... For flood lamps, don't press too hard upwards on the bulb or, as in my case, the bulb socket can push through the base. The little spring clips holding the socket to the base are not that strong. Luckily for me it happened while testing on a lower fixture so I was able to repair.
The problem can be resolved by first using this tool to clean the old bulb face with a damp cloth or paper towel. The dust on the bulb makes it hard to grip solidly with the suction cup and it slips a bit. To compensate I pushed harder upward and caused the spring clips to release. The next few I cleaned gently first and the tool grabbed solid and I was able to spin the old bulb loose 26th minimal effort.
OMG!!! This little gizmo works GREAT!!!!! 2 lights in my vaulted kitchen ceiling needed replacing, I cannot climb ladders due to vertigo. Stupid to pay a handyman to come out with a big ladder. Found this while researching options on Amazon and reading reviews (one of the things that I love about Amazon, the customer reviews!) Took me less than 5 minutes to change 2 bulbs. The suction cup held very securely, the thumbscrew held the bulb changer firmly on the end of my extendable paint pole I already owned despite the fact the threads on the pole were smaller in diameter than the base of the bulb changer. It is so worth the price if you have the flood-light bulbs out of reach. Yay!!!! I have light in my kitchen again!!!
When I first saw this item, I felt cheated. $13 for a suction cup with a loop attached and a spool of thread? After using this item to change 12 flood lights from the ground, I understand it’s genius.
The fact the it includes the hardware that can attach to a broom handle mean storage is a non-issue. I can keep it on the shelf in a tiny box next to my spare light bulbs. Its super easy to install on a broomstick. The suction allows it to create a surprisingly strong hold on the light bulbs. This hold was strong enough to not only change the 12 bulbs, but to allow me to twist some bulbs that were stuck in their recessed cans (after not being changed for 20+ years).
The thread and loop mechanism combine to create an effective mechanism for releasing the bulb from the suction cup while on the ground. The use on the suction cup, in general, allows for the easy changing of bulbs in narrow recessed cans (no struggling to get your fingers around the bulb).
I highly recommend this product. It allowed me to change 12 hard to reach bulbs in about 45 minutes. One thing I would note: It seems the bulb change requires a slightly narrower-than-average broom handle. Aside from that, I have nothing negative to say about this product.
Product design ensures smooth removal(of the power consuming old 65W bulb) and replacement(equivalent 65W LED bulb) of your hard to reach recessed bulbs. Didn't want to spend additional dollars on buying an expensive pole for this one time use, leveraged household broom(red pole with black plastic bristles available at Walmart, the red pole can be unscrewed from the brush attachment and has standard 'acme' threads- Stauber attachment can then be attached to it). I still had to use a step stool to reach(with the household broom pole) and replace the one recessed bulb in my two story house providing light to the stairs(could be quite challenging as you have little room for error and that is where STAUBER can be trusted to work).This is my first product review on Amazon, inspired by the millions of other Amazon reviewers who selflessly take time out to share their product experiences(especially the unpaid reviewers for their honest unbiased reviews, I've now successfully added myself to this "99% people's interest first club") with useful tips on product usage and /or help us ordinary mortals choose from the thousands of "me too" products out there.
Challenge: spot lamp burned out on a 17 foot ceiling on top of the stair case. Don't own a 20 foot ladder nor would I want to figure out how to stabilize one on the stairs.
I already own an extendable duster pole so there has to be a solution right?
PROS: easy to install an most any standard threaded extension pole. Simple to use. Just mount tight, tighten the wing nut, attach the pull cord and cover the suction cup with the included microfiber duster. Price - less than two designer coffees.
CONS: none really, and this is no means fault of the product. It requires some effort to ensure the bulb face to be dust free and smooth surface type. If the bulb is the dimpled ones like heat lamps this won't work as no suction can be created.
OVERALL: recommended solution to tall ceiling spot lamp replacement. Even if it's for a standard 8 foot ceiling, why break out a ladder if you don't need to?
It is really hard to find a good quality suction cup for changing lights. I change lights in my church that are 30+ feet high. If the suction cup doesn't hold, I get a glass projectile falling from a very high point and upon impact the glass shatters at dangerous speed and distance. This suction cup held on beautifully. I even had to change some heavy flood lights that I was sure would be too heavy for the suction to hold, but it held!
As with all suction cups, take good care of it. A wipe is provided in this kit, which is very nice. Wipe it down before and after use, and store it in a safe place. I recommend keeping it in the plastic box that it came in to keep the suction cup from getting warped in storage. It will also keep dust collection on the suction cup to a minimum.
It was such a pleasant surprise to find that this actually worked! I had used a light-bulb changer previously that was an elasticized webbing, which did not work at all. I bought this one based on the reviews here but still had low expectations. I am so delighted with how well it worked that I’m writing this review immediately (well, 5 minutes) after using the bulb changer. I plan to recommend this item to my friends! *** Update to my review *** I was a little concerned after reading a few reviews whether this light bulb changer would work for LED bulbs - my earlier review was for unscrewing a burned-out incandescent light bulb from the fixture (I didn‘t have the LED replacement bulb yet. I can confirm now that this light bulb changer worked very well for me to replace the bulb with an LED flood light. I used the terry cloth cleaner to wipe the new bulb clean, attached the suction cup to the bulb, the bulb + suction cup to the pole, and screwed in the new bulb without any problems! The process was done in a minute literally! I can now stop worrying about my other ceiling light bulbs burning out - because now I have a good solution to replace them!
I have a high vaulted ceiling over a deck. I saw wasps going in and out of a couple of recessed light fixtures and needed to remove the bulbs to see what was going on. I bought another product, a kit, that for about the same price included a similar suction cup devices along with 4-5 other components. It was absolute junk. The suction cup component was distorted and simply didn't work. So much so that Amazon didn't even want it back and just credited my account. Then, I ordered this green cup. I screwed it onto an extension pole I already had and within 2 minutes, had both bulbs out. Oh, and yes, I have a couple wasp nests to get rid of. Anyway, this device is built for actual use and includes a nice little string assembly that makes releasing the suction cup simple. Most importantly, the quality of materials and the suction cup itself makes it work simply and easily. And, isn't that really what it's all about? Buy it if you have high recessed bulbs to replace. Inside or out.
We have some lights in our condo that are about 15ft high. We purchased this adapter to attach to our cleaning rod, which has an extendable rod. While this adapter did the job, we lost two bulbs in the process due to weak suction. Using the bulb changer is a little difficult-- make sure you have a good attachment to your bulb before beginning to unscrew it. I would recommend having a second person in the room to try to catch any "fallen soldiers" or placing a few pillows under the target light socket to ensure problems don't ensue. It might be worth practicing on the ground level before jumping right into a change like we did.