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We had a spotlight positioned where we could not get to it without risking breaking brittle old roofing or suffering a bad fall. I tried other things, but they didn't work. I tried this and the light was out and replaced in five minutes, only needing a little inward pressure to break the grip of 15 years corrosion. Inserting a new bulb was even easier. If you've got a bulb in a position you can't get at this is the way to go.
I purchased the STAUBER Gripper & Large Suction combo without the STAUBER pole and it turned out I didn't need the pole! I just unscrewed the broom handle from my everyday household broom, and screwed it into the STAUBER Gripper/Suction cup attachments and it worked perfect! I have 9-ft. ceilings and the broom handle was long enough to do the job! When I was done, I screwed the broom handle back into the broom and stored the STAUBER light bulb changer attachments where I keep my light bulbs. Simple & Easy. Very Pleased.
The suction cup attachment didn't adhere that well to the light bulb without dampening the surface a little bit, and I had to put pressure on it to get it to stick, but once I got it to adhere, it stuck on there pretty strongly and did the job. I needed the suction cup attachment for my R20 recessed flood lights as there is no room whatsoever to get your fingers or anything else around the bulb to unscrew it. (Duct Tape works too, but the suction cup was much easier to use than the duct tape.) And then I used the STAUBER gripper to change my BR30 recessed flood lights. Piece of cake!
I'm very happy I got this light bulb changer! I don't need to drag out the ladder anymore, and I don't need to ask my husband when he gets time (if he ever gets time) to help me anymore! But, I will probably still get the ladder out for the recessed lights in the kitchen though because they get a lot dirtier from the cooking oils and need a deeper cleaning by time the light bulb goes out than the duster can do.
Excellent design; the gripper worked great for installing Cree PAR30L LED bulbs. We had numerous bulbs to install in recessed cans in a 19' ceiling. There's very little clearance between the bulb and the side of the can, but the low-profile design of the gripper fit just fine, and in fact helped with guiding the bulb toward the socket (which is quite an adventure when it's at the end of a long pole).
We used the suction cup to remove the old halogen bulbs. It grips very strongly, and releases easily with the strap. It's nice that the included cord resists tangling. We used the dusting cover on the suction cup to clear cobwebs from one of the cans, but otherwise didn't bother to dust the bulbs before removing them.
Both of these fit well on a standard extension pole. The thumb screw design on both of these attachments is a great design: the metal screw threads through a metal nut (which is held captive by the plastic). This keeps the attachment from spinning on the pole, and the metal nut can take more pressure than if the threads were simply in the plastic.
If you read the description, they claim this product to be over-engineered and well built. Let me tell you, they are very correct! We have a banquet center with 135 can lights in a 14 foot ceiling. It is a pain to change them. I've used many pole changers in the past and they all were fairly effective, but poorly built and had limitations. This unit is incredible!
We moved into a house over a year ago, and about 3 months in, I tried to change a BR40 recessed bulb in our family room with 24' ceilings. I used the extension pole with a suction cup attachment. Big mistake -- the suction cup grabbed the bulb, but only briefly, and I ended up with a shattered mess of glass all over my floor that my Roomba still finds to this day.
We've gradually allowed bulbs to die off, with a plan to eventually hire someone to come in with a lift to replace both the recessed bulbs and some fan light chandelier-style bulbs. Before doing that, I decided to take one more look for a decent solution, and came across this contraption. I admit - I was skeptical. It looks bizarre, to be honest. But it said free returns, so I tried it.
I had to put it together - it comes in pieces. But the instructions were pretty clear, and I started with the bulbs in the fan light. It took some trial and error to figure out what size to use (it's extremely adjustable), but ended up getting those bulbs out in a matter of minutes (the new bulbs are on order from Amazon for delivery tomorrow).
Next up, the 24' high flood bulbs. I still had to use my ladder PLUS the extension pole PLUS this contraption to get to them. But absolutely no issues -- it wrapped around the bulb, the silicone easily gripped the bulb, twisted to unscrew, and as the bulb came down there was no rattling whatsoever. Everything was clean, replaced the bulbs, and I had to come over and write a review.
If you need an attachment for your light bulb changing pole thingy and you have tried everything to change bulbs that are up high, this is your solution. It just solved 15 months of frustration in about 10 minutes for me. (And my wife is going to be pretty darn happy when she gets home.)
Why my parents wanted about 18 recessed lights on their extremely high ceilings is beyond me, however now that they are older and physically limited it's up to me to change the bulbs. Other suction-cup tools have been absolutely useless. It was impossible to find a ladder tall enough for me to climb to change without a tool. I ordered this without many expectations, but it's surprisingly great! Helpful tips-- use the part with the arms to remove the bulbs, and have people stand with a sheet under you in the event you drop the used bulb as you try to lower it down. Then use the suction cup to put in a new bulb. The suction cup is so strong it made me pull out the light fixture, not just the bulb so it doesn't twist as well in my opinion, the pole I was using ended up coming apart before the bulb came out. My parents lived in this house for close to 20 years and some of the bulbs haven't been changed since the house was built, but now they have brand new bright lights without any broken bulbs and minimal cursing.
So we moved into our current house about 6 years ago. The entry way is very tall - close to 30 feet high (two stories) and of course when we moved in the two bulbs - one over the entry (30 feet high) and the other over the stairs (at least 15-20 feet) were burned out. I tried other methods, light kits, etc...nothing came close. So we were without light in these sections until today. Picked up both the 4 ft stabber with gripper and this kit with 20 ft extension. Ended up using the X-large (black) suction. Nearly fully extended - felt very sturdy and it was easy to remove build and then replace with new LED bulbs (hopefully a long time before I need to change them again).
2 things I noticed - and check these before you start:
1) the loop by the suction and base of suction - might be a little loose where they are clamped together - and if you pull on the string it might come off. Fortunately this happened as I was figuring things out. Solution - before you start take a pair of pliers and make sure you really clamp down this connection - problem solved.
2) at full extension, on a ladder, with the string above that soft central grip - will be fully extended. I am 6ft2inch w long arms and I could not reach the string to pull and release the suction. My wife was around and grabbed a hanger for me and that did the trick. So the included string is NOT as LONG as fully extended handle - just be aware. Fully extend before placing a bulb on and you can check for yourself. In most cases this won't be an issue - but with 30 plus ft ceilings in spots - it might be.
I used this tool to change out BR20 and BR30 lights. My LED flood lights were 6 years old.. and I had a total of 80 can lights to change. I was skeptical whether any tool would replace a ladder to get to these.. and you know what I'm saying. Looking at all the furniture in the way and a 14ft ceiling.. I was dreading how awful the task would be. Then comes along this tool.. I only used the bracket (no suction cups) and it worked beautifully on a telescoping ettore 12ft pole. I changed out all the lights in 4 hours.. I just couldn't believe it. Only advice I would give.. be gentle. Don't over tighten the bulbs (that said the rubber does give if you do).
I've used many different bulb changers but this one is by far the best! First of all, the quality of construction is superior, from the hefty plastic parts to the release cable (metal) and even the thoughtful release string, which comes in its own little winder. No more tangled release string.
They even give you a little cloth cover for the suction cup to keep dirt and debris from gumming it up.
The special attachment to remove bulbs that you can't grab with the suction cup easily is a very innovative design. It allows you to manually adjust for different size bulbs and is also very sturdy and easy to use.
I must compliment the manufacturer and the designer of this product, it's really worth the price!
I got tired of those thin suction cups from the big box stores that seem to lose suction after about 6 months. Was feeling a little rich, so I ordered this bad boy.
Careful, it just might pull your roof in too!
Also flexed the bank account and bought an Everspout 6.5' to 18' Extension Pole. Now I'm strutting around the neighborhood knowing I've got the biggest and baddest light bulb changin' machine on the block. I'm just wandering into my neighbors homes and changing their light bulbs for fun.
(Okay, not really. But you'll feel like showing off when you buy this.)