How to Clean Light Fixtures

At some point in the next six months you’ll have to change a light bulb and that’s the perfect time to clean out a light fixture. Light fixtures accumulate dirt, dust and insects and need to be cleaned regularly. This article will show you how to take on this task safely so you can complete it quickly.

Wall or ceiling fixture –

Step 1
Turn off the light switch.

Step 2
Position a sturdy step ladder close by.

Step 3

  • Fill the sink with hot soapy water.

  • Lay a rubber mat or towel on the bottom of your sink, this will prevent damage to delicate objects you will be washing.

Step 4 Washing removable parts

  • Remove the shade, grille, shields, globes or tubes. Place all pieces except globes, screws and tubes into the water.

  • Immerse pieces and begin cleaning with a soft sponge or cloth.

  • Follow by rinsing and drying each piece with a soft cloth.

  • Bulbs can tubes can be damp wiped but be certain to avoid the ends that plug into sockets. I personally would leave this out.

Step 5 Washing fixed parts

  • Dip your cloth in to the same cleaning solution you used to wash the removable parts and squeeze as dry as possible. Wipe the fixture while avoiding getting any moisture onto the wiring or socket.

  • Rinse the cloth in some fresh water and squeeze dry, wipe the fixture again.

  • Follow by drying with a soft dry cloth.

Step 6
Reassemble the fixture making sure the switch is still off.

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