How many electricians does it take to change a light bulb? While we often hear that joke, the more serious question is, do you need to be an electrician to change light bulbs?
The simple answer is no. But the more complicated answer depends on whether the light bulb is easy or hard to reach.
There are also different styles of lights and light bulbs installed in homes, so if in doubt always call in a licensed electrician.
Can I change My Own Lightbulbs?
In Queensland you are legally allowed to replace light bulbs without an electrical licence however, if you are unsure, always call a professional. If you have light bulbs in hard to get to places, call Armitage Electrical to have them changed safely.
How do I Change a Lightbulb?
Depending on the style of light (a lot of homes these days have downlights), simply twist or turn the bulb to pull it out and replace with the correct style of light bulb. Always make sure you are able to do this safely, either with a ladder or other stable surface underneath you.
There are many different styles of downlights but the old halogen style usually twist out of place.
While LED downlights do not have any replaceable parts they are often simply replaced.
When Do I Need an Electrician?
The answer to this question is very simple – unless you are changing a lightbulb, no work should ever be done on your home electrically unless the work is performed by a Licensed Electrician or Registered Electrical Contractor (R.E.C.).
Apart from injury or death, DIY electrical work is regarded as unlicensed electrical work, which is illegal, and has penalties of up to $40,000 for individuals.
A breach that exposes an individual to a risk of death or serious injury or illness attracts a maximum penalty of $600,000 for an individual ($3,000,000 for a corporation) or five years imprisonment.
So make the safe and easy decision and call in Armitage Electrical to take care of all electrical work.
Do You Need to be an Electrician to Change Light Bulbs?
Armitage Electrical can help with all your electrical needs in and around your home, including changing light bulbs. Give Cameron a call on 1800 230 400 or submit an online enquiry here to find out more.
Armitage Electrical are your fully qualified and licensed, trustworthy, professional and reliable electricians North Brisbane.
With all-inclusive up-front pricing, Armitage Electrical provides the highest quality electrical, maintenance or repairs on hot water systems, switchboard and mains upgrades, and pool and shed wiring for your home North Brisbane.