The most modern kitchen range hoods, whether ducted or ductless, come with a lighting system. The lighting system consists of several bulbs that light up above the cooktop. These bulbs are quite helpful when cooking as they supply the necessary light even after the hood’s obstruction.
Normally, light bulbs have a lifespan, depending on the type of bulb. Once in a while, you will need to change a burnt-out bulb from the range hood. In this article, I shall explain to you how to replace a range hood light bulb, how to choose the best bulb for your range, and finally some pro tips on getting the best of your kitchen range hood lights.
Before we get into everything else, let us investigate how the problem occurs in the first place. Lets we find how to perform range hood light bulb replacement
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Why do kitchen extractor hood lights fail?
Apart from ordinary wear and tear, certain factors can expose the hood lights to rapid wear. One such factor is moisture from the cooking pot and the burning gas. The moisture corrodes the exposed conductors, making the bulbs fail prematurely.
Another thing is the periods of continuous usage. The modern luxury hoods that come with lighting systems are not designed to be used for long periods. Ordinarily, the hood gets really hot when in use- if you have ever accidentally or willingly touched it after cooking, you can attest to this. The modern types have circuit boards and a wiring system inside, alongside the light bulbs. When the hood gets too hot, the wires inside can short-circuit, or the bulb’s filament can snap, rendering the lighting system non-functional.
When either of the above causes your bulb to fail, you may want to troubleshoot to establish the exact cause of failure, but that’s a topic for another day. Today, we assume that the wiring is working fine- you just want to change the bulb. So, do you know what the right bulb for your hood is? Let’s see how to choose one.
Selecting the right bulb assures that there will be no discrepancies in specifications. The two most common ones are the candle type and halogen (12V) bulbs on newer models. Modern LED lamps are more advanced and can be a better alternative to halogen.
Even though halogen lamps can project light better, they cannot beat LED lamps on the energy economy. LED bulbs are also instant start, meaning there is no warm-up lag as in CFL lamps.
LED bulbs have the longest lifespans, doing up to 50,000 hours, whereas halogens do slightly over 800 hours. This makes the halogens quite inferior to the LEDs, except for cases where the hood has a dimmer. Halogen bulbs are dimmable, so this would be your best option if your hood has a dimmer.
A portion of the energy spent by halogen bulbs is converted into heat. This explains why after a few ON hours, the bulb would feel very hot, unlike the LED that’s always good to touch. You do not have to worry about accidentally touching the hot bulb.
Ensure you also buy the right size bulb. Be careful here, especially when buying LED bulbs, which can be oversized on halogen bulb holders.
After you have the right bulb, you should remove the failed one then install a good one. let’s see how to do this.
Range hood bulb replacement
Removing the burnt-out bulb;
Removing the old bulb gives room for the new one. follow these simple 7 steps.
Installing a new bulb on the range hood
You should first determine if electricity is flowing to the terminals. This is how you do it:
Changing a vent hood light bulb should not take you much time. In fact, if there are no additional fixtures to remove and assemble back, it should take you less than a minute. Knowing how to do it correctly is what makes the difference. Follow the steps and precautions discussed in this article for the best experience.
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Rita C. Donnell (Jennifer) has spent the last 26 years studying and practicing nutrition science. She has used a larger part of this time in improving people’s livelihoods. She has done so by coming up with unquestionable ideas on how to tackle food problems in her community. Readmore