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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.
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.
If your bulbs have been in their sockets a long time and are a bit stuck, this unit will be a pain to use. The suction is Ok for light twists, but if you have to torque it a little to get a bulb loose, it is going to slip off. I ultimately managed to change my two bulbs, but it was a bit of a struggle. Even putting new ones in was dicey. If you work slowly to get the bulbs started, you at least don't have to worry about this thing slipping off and the bulb falling. It will slip off, but as long as you get the first turns in, you should be OK.
After purchasing this, I realized that modern LED flood light bulbs have grooves on them so this type of suction bulb changer attachment no longer works. Not sure why they are still selling them... But all was not lost and it was still useful.... I put lots of masking tapes on the suction cup section of the bulb changer and it provided enough holding power to change dead flood light bulbs. Fortunately, LED bulbs are really light otherwise masking tapes would not have worked. I guess duct tape could have worked but unlike masking tapes, duct tapes would not have come off easily when new bulbs were installed.
I have a lot of can lights and a lot of 12' ceilings and when you are using an telescoping extension rod that reaches every light, you don't want to have to get out a ladder so that you can apply enough pressure to the bulb to twist it out of its socket. I think the company should sell 2 different sizes, because the small suction cup just doesn't hack it with the bigger can light bulbs, especially when they've been in their sockets a long time.
I tried very hard to remove an overhead outdoor light that is almost the size of the cover, so I could not get my hand around it. I tried very hard with the suction cup. It adhered well but the bulb would not unscrew. I gave up using it. Some time later, an electrician friend happened to come over. He got on a ladder, an using just his finger tips, easily removed the bulb. I also thought from the picture that the suction cup was larger than it turned out to be. It might have worked better on a smaller bulb. Dimensions should be given in the ad.
Yes, one of the many that did not read that pole was not included. The description says large, I would say medium to small. With that said, found a old sponge mop destined for the trash and it fit perfectly to the STAUBER. Tried it on a 4" ceiling flood light and although it seemed a bit small, it held onto the bulb and work great. So it does work great but as far as value and size it could be better.
This is a very well made product - that is immediately obvious. Unfortunately for a PAR38 bulb the bulbs I have, and have ordered like the Sunco PAR38 LED 13 watt, these all have a textured surface in the middle then a smooth surface around that. The textured part is about 2 3/4 inch in diameter. The suction cup does not grip and hold on this surface. I'm going to try the XL size but even that is going to be close as that suction cup is 3 1/4 inch diameter.
For standard incandescent bulbs the Stauber Bulb Changer works great. For these it deserves a five star rating. But it's of no use when trying to change compact fluorescent bulbs. Zero stars for that case. My trying to use the Stauber Bulb Changer for changing compact fluorescent was the fault of my carelessness in imagining how the bulb changer works, not false advertising.
No instructions came with this product and the first time I used it for a flood bulb 20 feet up I got the bulb out but as I was lowering it straight down it fell off, hit me in the head and broke into lots of pieces. The replacement bulb would not stick to the suction cup until I wet the surface a bit. Once I wet the surface I got the new bulb installed ok.
There is a fuzzy cover that comes with the suction cup with no description for what it is for. Is it for storage or perhaps cleaning a bulb before removal. Wet the suction cup surface seems to be a must.