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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.
This is one of those simple devices you wish you would have thought of yourself. I screwed mine onto a threaded paint roller stick, tightened it up with the attached thumb screw and placed the provided cloth bonnet over the suction cup. I hoisted up the contraption and dusted off the bulbs I wished to replace. I then removed the bonnet and stuck the suction cup against the old bulb and twisted the stick to the left, loosened the bulb and lowered it down. I stuck the new bulb on the suction cup, hoisted it up and screwed it into the socket, and once secured I pulled the string attached to the cup to detach it from the bulb. No super tall ladder to drag around. No broken bulbs. Just light! How many rednecks does it take to screw in a light bulb? Just one. Me!
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.
Just changed two lightbulbs on my staircase using this attachment and the handle from a Swiffer dry mop (the bright green style): worked as advertised. The suction cup attachment has a threaded insert that matched the swiffer handle, then the wing nut to guarentee it doesn't back out while you work. Then it came with a dust mop cover to wipe the dust off the old bulb so the suction cup will work (very important! I skipped this step on the second bulb and it almost fell - my advice is to set a box or laundry basket under the bulb with something soft like a towel or pillow - just in case it turns into an egg drop experiment!). The bulb unscrewed just fine, then you wipe off the suction cup, load up the new bulb, screw it in, then pull on the thread to break the suction cup and you can remove the pole from the bulb. Took under a minute for each bulb. The mop handle would allow me to change a 10' on the ground (maybe 12' on a chair) - a telescoping handle would go higher.
I was undecided on this when I bought it. I already had an extendable painter's pole and a flood reflector way up high. I would not have minded dropping the burned out old bulb but was more nervous about the new one. Long story short - follow the instruction and it works VERY well. I did not see a difference after cleaning the old bulb but do it anyway. When reaching the old bulb, make sure you tilt to the correct angle and make sure it stuck before turning. Yes, you can feel it when the suction is working. When mounting the new bulb make sure it stuck properly before you move it up. Have to get the correct angle and stick it on the center. I also wet the suction cup slightly to improve the grip. All done, in minutes! I have not tried this on traditionally shaped bulbs - my need was a flood reflector bulb which is wide and flat.
Product arrived in a timely manner and as described. Very nice packaging. Pleasing display, very efficient use of packaging materials. The instructions were very clear and the product worked extremely well. I was able to change my recessed lighting with no problem at all and no need for the ladder. Very pleased with my purchase. The website said that the product would work with any handle from a broom or mop. This worked fine although I did also purchase an inexpensive handle from a local hardware store.
I have tried to use this product on three occasions and it does not work. In all three cases I had trouble unscrewing the bulb (I have spot lights in cans on the ceiling). Suction would not properly hold the bulb for effective unscrewing. After struggling for a while I got the bulb unscrewed and it fell from the suction cup. Luckily, I caught it. Then, I could not get the new bulb to hold and screw in. The outcome...I purchased a 14 foot ladder to use. It's difficult to maneuver but better than dropping bulbs.
I can't believe how well this product worked for me. Follow directions by removing dust from bulb first then suctioning to bulb. Make sure your suction is good before lowering your pole so it does not fall off and shatter. If bulb breaks while gently twisting, that is not this items fault, it is a fault in the actual lighting fixture. I have had bulbs break while hand twisting.
Most newer homes have can lights, when renting all of the lights must work when moving out. Before this item I would pay the handyman at minimum $50 + cost of light bulbs to replace high ceiling lights. With this item I can gently remove them myself.
On a side note, I usually have someone else standing with me just in case the bulb does lose suction. It has not happened yet but I figure maybe they can catch it if it does.
I have high ceilings and recessed lighting. I love both but when it comes to changing bulbs it is not a lot of fun. The ladder is huge and heavy for our 20 foot ceilings. So, I saw a bulb changer and duster kit at Home Depot. It was horrible quality. The suction cup literally pulled apart leaving the suction cup on the bulb and the stick with what was left of the bulb changer. So, I ordered this one figuring it wouldn't work either -- but the reviews made me try once again. THIS BULB CHANGER WORKS! The suction is good enough to take out the bulbs and replace them. The string is long enough and gently released the bulb. We changed 10 bulbs in less than 15 minutes. THANK YOU so much to Stauber and the Amazon reviewers. Problem solved.
I don't think any of these suction cups are going to be perfect. There's a lot of them out there an you can find problems with most of them. I used this one while attached to a Mr. Longarm. The pole I had to extend the entire 28 feet so no matter what I'm working with a wobbly pole. I lost two brand new bulbs using this, but like I said, it was very high up. The cup would be on the bulb and wouldn't turn the bulb without a little finagling. LIke I said, nothing can be perfect when going with the cups. Maybe the grip types work better, but in the end I changed out both bulbs.