How to get the lightbulb base out of this fixture. It’s an E11 (mini candelabra) base. I’ve tried needle nose pliers and the potato trick.


How to get the lightbulb base out of this fixture. It’s an E11 (mini candelabra) base. I’ve tried needle nose pliers and the potato trick.



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29 thoughts on “How to get the lightbulb base out of this fixture. It’s an E11 (mini candelabra) base. I’ve tried needle nose pliers and the potato trick.”

  1. I know you said you tried needle nose, but did you try it by putting the tips down inside and opening the pliers so that the tips press against the inner walls? If you are able to put some outward pressure you may be able to grip enough to unscrew it.

  2. Put the needle nose pliers tip between socket of bulb (tin) and bend bulb base in ward, create a gap then use needle nose to grip bulge and unscrew it.

  3. Get some epoxy putty like SteelStik and knead it into a ball and smash it into the cavity. Stick a skewer into the putty and let it sit. Then unscrew.

  4. Try broom stick or apiece of tree limb the same size as socket broomstick with tape wrapped to make it feel tight

  5. From the looks, you didn’t get violent enough with the needle nose. First of all, make sure power is cut at the breaker. Don’t need to earn the name sparky just yet. Next grab hold of the thin metal with the needle nose. Try and twist counter clockwise. If it doesn’t budge, put down your purse and really twist. If that doesn’t work, give it more twist and pulls. It will come out. Never let something this little to defeat you. May the odds be ever in your favor.

  6. I see you found a fix. I work for a power company and used to fix outdoor lights regularly. We ran into this a lot. We mostly use larger bulbs that a pair of linemen pliers can fit into the sockets. I would insert them, open them and the twist out. What also works that you can use on any size would be to just get another bulb and jamb it in the old socket then twist out

  7. The number of responses suggesting pliers are making me cringe. I always use either a potato or carrot in this situation.

  8. Pry the sides in from both sides to come together in the middle – gives you something to grab with your pliers – done this many times

  9. NOBODYFUXWITALION

    Make sure it’s off and open the needle nose inside of it till firmly against sides and twist or use a balled up rag

  10. Get a dowel and some super glue. Dowel should be snug. Let dry and try turning it to unscrew…. never had this happen, but I figure I could lend my two cents. Hope it helps, and good luck.

  11. If all else fails, get a wooden dowel (or broom handle if it fits) and add a ring of adhesive. Let it set and then twist out. Bonus, you now have a metal tipped cane!

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