Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 162
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by moviegourmet Tip: Use two-sided tape to secure suction cup
We have very high ceilings in our great room and high recessed lights outside. I have only used the suction attachment. I have been able to stand near the top of an 8' ladder and with this device almost fully extended change several bulbs. I found that the suction cup attachment became stripped after just a few bulbs. I added Scotch 3M two-sided-removable tape where the suction cup screws onto its attachment and then where this attachment is secured to the pole. You need to check these junctures to make sure they are tight before each bulb change. To secure the string, I tied it to a plastic laundry hook with a clip bottom. I wrap the string around the stem of the hook and then hang it on a rubber band at the bottom of the pole. This way I only need to unwrap enough of the string for the height needed and the string doesn't get caught in trees and bushes. The hook also provides a way to store the pole with the suction cup/string attached. This product is easy to use with bulbs that are low enough that you can stand on the ground and reach the bulb by only using 2/3 of the pole. Changing a bulb while standing on an 8' ladder with the pole fully extended is difficult.
December 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BillM Worked Perfectly!
I have 22' cathedral ceilings in my family room with (8) 65W recessed lights. The room was built 12 years ago and this is the first time that I had to change a bulb. I don't have a tall enough step ladder so tried using an extension ladder but just didn't feel safe having the ladder supported against the pitched ceiling.
I jumped onto the internet to find a solution and read through all the reviews for this product. After reading many of them I was very skeptical of a positive outcome. I decided that I would purchase it and very carefully remove it from the packaging in case I needed to return it.
I tied the string to the suction attachment, added a tiny bit of moisture from a damp paper towel and screwed it on. Fully extended I was able to latch the suction cup onto the light and easily turn it out. I very carefully removed it from the recessed lighting fixture and brought it to the ground. I suctioned on the replacement light and just as easily screwed it into place with no problems whatsoever.
One of the things I made sure of is that both extensions and the suction cup were screwed down as tightly as possible before I started. I had planned on adding duct tape to keep them from unscrewing if necessary but didn't need to do so. Additionally, I worked as carefully as possible with the bulb inside the recessed fixture to avoid banging into the sides and possibly causing the bulb to become dislodged from the suction.
Job completed effortlessly in less than 5 minutes. In the near future I will replace all these original bulbs with LED's and plan to do so with the help of this product.
December 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by EA1492 Awesome!
I have a two story townhouse and no ladder. I thought I'd try this first before trying to buy a ladder. I changed 3 types of bulbs and even a broken off bulb with no problems! Awesome invention. Only thing was it didn't have instructions for attachments, but I figured it out
Tip: only use the suction to remove large flood lights and the large claw to replace.
March 2, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JHowes Does the job better than expected
I had a ceiling fan/multiple flood light fixture above a large model railroad layout where even a ladder couldn't be placed. The nearest access required a 45 degree angle from a distance of 8'. Using this pole, the problem of bulb replacement was solved. In addition, included attachments worked to remove a broken bulb where only the socket remained. For the first time in years, all lights are now working where previously it was impossible to reach to relamp. Careful tightening of the telescoping pole by trial and error is necessary to get the proper torque. A latch/lock mechanism would be better than the plastic slip ring design.
May 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Edge Here's the secret
I had 5 kitchen spot lights on a 14 foot ceiling that I wanted to change out with LEDs. They are tightly recessed in a can, so the spring loaded attachment did not work. When I first used the suction cup attachment it would slip when I tried to remove the old bulbs, yet it worked fine when I tested the concept on a new bulb. I suspected the old bulbs were coated with several years worth of dust and kitchen grease. I then stuffed the spring attachment with a rag soaked with Windex and cleaned the old bulbs the best I could....also cleaned the suction cup. Like magic...the old bulbs came out easily.
May 1, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Does not Work Well
I tried to change my R30 bulbs in a vaulted ceiling. The 1st attachment I used (which goes around the bulb) got the entire pole stuck in the light fixture. I was able to use the suction cup attachment to get it loose and get the bulb out. On the second light bulb, I used suction cup attachment to unscrew the bulb. The suction did not hold and the bulb dropped to the floor & broke. The 1st attachment was bent from getting stuck. The only reason I gave this product 2 stars versus 1 was that I was able to get the job complete - but not very easily and not without issues.
March 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PolishAl Works as advertised
Simple to use, and I think it actually reaches higher than advertised. I was easily able to reach can lights that are in our 20 foot living room ceiling. The only downfall of this product is that circle bulbs don't always fit flush (smaller bulbs or larger flanged bulbs and you have to be really careful with the metal grippers because they can catch on the inner part of the flange for a flush mount and get stuck. Eventually I was able to wiggle it loose. Still, all in all I highly recommend this product as opposed to getting up on a ladder, falling, and breaking your spine, scapula, humerus, ankle, foot, etc like the majority of people do daily
February 24, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by FabricioU was good but needs improvement . good for the price for one time use.
it worked better than some of the other reviews said. but could be improved. the screw holding the basket in place. does not go through.so the basket which will be holding the glass bulb is not locked. it just ties tight. but when you try to unscrew the bulb. sometimes the basket unscrew at the same time. then the basket stays way up where the bulb is at... LOL it was fun trying to reSCREW the basket from where I was . I didn't break any bulbs. it would be better if there was a screwing part on the bottom of the pole to make the basket tighter after reaching the bulb. so it would grab it better to unscrew it. it did what I wanted because the bulbs were facing down... it would have been difficult to use if the bulbs were in a incline position.
January 17, 2015