Rated 5 out of 5Â by Mish Works for me!
I have 10 foot ceilings with recessed lights and hate ladders. I've been looking for a reliable changer and since The Container Store is "my got to" I decided to try this one. As soon as it arrived I tried it out, and yes, I read the instructions and it worked 1st try with no issues. My problem is solved and I'm very pleased.
October 26, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by RC62 Be SURE your pole will work with this!
I've had an extension pole with many attachments over the years, including one to change can lights, with one large suction cup and a string to release the grip, once the new bulb is screwed in. However, I haven't had good luck with getting the bulb to stick to the suction cup and broke a bulb once. A bit dangerous when looking up from 10 feet under !
Seeing this Unger Design changer, I thought it looked great, since it has several smaller suction cups, but as one review said, it won't work for textured bulbs, which I'm sure is true.
In my case, I went to attach the changer to my pole, but my pole does not have the correct adapter to attached the Unger Design bulb changer, so what a waste of time! I'll return it, but that's a hassle. Sorry to say, I can't say how successful this device would be, since I can't use it.
Maybe I can find an adapter to attach to my screw tipped pole, to use this click/connect design. It looks like it would be secure.
Now I know, all utility poles are not standard in the industry. I obviously didn't see the fact, that I'd need a different pole. I've bought other accessories from TCS, which worked fine with my pole, but not this one!
Live and learn. Check out You Tube to see the different attachments and how to use them. I learned the hard way, so hopefully this will prevent you from doing the same!
September 2, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Harley81 Can't put new one in...
This is a great product to unscrew and remove 9ft ceiling light bulbs (it def does what it says it will do). However, the problem is putting the new light bulb in. The whole reason I got this thing is to remove AND replace flood light bulbs in my recessed lighting. Once you get the new bulb in how do you get the suction cups to release the bulb using your fingers to release it? Now I still need to pay for a huge ladder to get the new one in. :/
July 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by NChomemaker Love it!
I have been using a different brand bulb changer which didn't work well (at all!) with CFL bulbs, so I purchased this product hoping it would work any better. It works excellent!! It made my life so much easier. Now I love changing bulbs anywhere in my house.
May 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by RCP43500 Works Well
I have used this one time to replace an R30 bulb in a very tight fixture. Replacing bulbs by hand has been very difficult. Using this bulb changer (without the pole) worked very well. Wish I had bought one years ago.
January 27, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5
Â by AngelinWA Doesn't work with LED flood lights
I bought this to change out the recessed light bulbs we have in very high places. The incandescent type with a rounded head went okay. I did have trouble getting the suction cups to release (like the other reviewer) and worried about breaking the entire light bulb or socket. I made it work though.
For the LED bulbs that I bought for other areas (apparently going to be the only allowable option in WA state somewhat soon), the suction cups are too shallow and wouldn't attach the bulb at all. It has a flat surface, not rounded. The plastic surface has a subtle texture on it so that doesn't help with suction at all. In addition, the LED bulb weighs 1 lb 2.7 oz compared to 3.7 oz for the incandescent flood light bulb. The suction cups on this device aren't strong enough. It's a real bummer because I realized all of this after getting our Little Giant ladder extended to the max and removing the existing bulbs to discover that I have to hire a handyman to change these 30 ft high bulbs. At least the bulbs are supposed to last 20+ years!
I know the product description doesn't specifically address LED bulbs, but they are our future. Hopefully a product can be developed to aid in changing these.
December 19, 2011
Rated 2 out of 5Â by WooHoo Great for removing lights not so go for installing
We have 20 foot ceilings so replacing the lights in our recessed lighting is a challenge. We'd used the standard single suction cup devices but found that the suction cup tended to just twist and spin when you tried to remove an old light so it was basically useless. The 6 suction cups on this product eliminate that problem. Taking down lightbulb was a BREEZE. Even the lightbulb that was misthreaded 3 years ago and has sat there stuck all this time.
However, when we went to put in the new bulb you cannot get the suction cups to release because they are so strong. The directions say to tilt from side to side until the plastic collar creates some tension and it releases. However, there is a lot of give in many light fixtures and our ceilings are so high (my husband was on an 8 ft ladder) that we could never get it tilted far enough to one side for it to release. We had to go back to the traditional 1 suction cup pole to put the light bulb back up.
September 18, 2011