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How to Replace Halogen Lights in A Range Hood (Easily)

If you have a range hood that supports halogen lights and they just blew out, you might be wondering how to replace halogen lights in a range hood.

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How annoying would it be to blow your range hood lights out while cooking? If you have a range hood that supports halogen lights and they just blew out, you might be wondering how you replace halogen lights in a range hood.

Replacing halogen lights in a range hood is a relatively easy task. This article will show you how to easily replace halogen lights in a range hood.

Image of new halogen bulbs. Source: adobe stock
Image of new halogen bulbs. Source: Adobe Stock

What is halogen light?

Halogen lighting is a modern improvement on the traditional incandescent bulb. The electrical current enters the socket and rises to the tungsten filament, just as it does in traditional incandescent light bulbs, causing the filament to glow brightly. Halogen lights employ tungsten filaments encased in quartz capsules filled with iodine and bromine gases.

If you require a set of halogen lights, take a look at some of these popular, hydrated options below.

What watt bulb goes in the range hood?

Range hood light bulbs typically use 20-watt tubular halogen lighting.

Can I replace halogen bulbs with LED in my range hood?

No. LED lights need drivers, whereas halogen bulbs require transformers. You can only replace your light bulbs with the kind that your hood came with.

Image of kitchen with gray granite designed countertop a stove and a range hood over it. Source: sidekix media, unsplash
Image of a kitchen with gray granite designed countertop, a stove, and a range hood over it. Source: sidekix media, unsplash

How to replace halogen lights in a range hood

Changing out your halogen bulbs is simpler than you would think. Just do what’s said here, and you’ll be fine.

Turn off the light and remove the plastic cover. 

In some hoods, a plastic cover shields the light bulb from grease. Squeezing it near the socket and pulling it out will remove it. Do not replace the bulb until you have removed the cover. If the cover is dirty or greasy, this is a good opportunity to wash it. Before installing it again, wash it in warm soapy water and let it dry completely.

Unscrew the burned-out bulb. 

Do not touch the light bulb until it has cooled down. Then, firmly but carefully, spin the light bulb counterclockwise by pinching it near its base in the socket.

The bulb is quite fragile, so treat it with care. If you need more control, put on some gloves or pull off a piece of masking tape, then wrap the ends around the base of the bulb. This serves as a convenient grip for removing the light bulb.

You may just toss away an old incandescent or LED light bulb, but CFLs should be sent to the recycling center since they contain a tiny quantity of mercury.

Get the right wattage bulb 

The wattage of a bulb may be found either on its base or on the inside of your range hood. The maximum allowable watts for an installation will be shown. The plastic housing might melt if you don’t use the correct wattage.

For instance, the maximum recommended wattage for a bulb used in the range hood may be listed as 75 watts on the placard providing appliance care instructions. Simply said, a bulb of 75 watts or less is required.

Screw the bulb clockwise into the socket. 

To install a new bulb, press its base into the socket until it engages the threads. Turn the bulb counterclockwise until it is securely in place. Don’t be tempted to overtighten the bulb’s screw since doing so increases the risk of breaking the bulb or makes it more difficult to remove the screw when it eventually burns out.

If applicable, reinstall the light cover

Pinch the tabs together and remove the plastic covering. Slide the tabs into the slots and place the cover over the bulb. The tabs will fall into place once you let go.

What to do if the light bulb is shattered?

Put on gloves, then use a pair of needle-nose pliers to grasp the bulb by its base. With a counterclockwise turn, you can remove the shattered light bulb. Have you got no pliers? The solution is simple: just halve a huge potato and place each half on top of the shattered light bulb. Next, turn it counterclockwise to dislodge the shattered bulb from the socket.

Take extreme caution while replacing a damaged light bulb. A piece of old fabric might be useful for covering your range in case any shards of glass fall and cause damage to your burners.

If you want even more tips and insights, watch this video called “How to Replace the Lights on your ProLine Range Hood-How to Change PAR20 GU10 G4” Light Bulbs from the Proline Range Hoods YouTube Channel.

A video called “How to Replace the Lights on your ProLine Range Hood-How to Change PAR20 GU10 G4” Light Bulbs from the Proline Range Hoods YouTube Channel.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about replacing halogen lights in a range hood.

How do halogen light bulbs work?

Halogen bulbs are a certain kind of incandescent bulb. Don’t forget about incandescent bulbs. Like traditional incandescent light bulbs, electrical current flows into the socket and up the tungsten filament, causing the filament to glow and heat up.

The filament is protected by a quartz capsule filled with halogen gas in halogen bulbs, providing a noticeable improvement over standard incandescent bulbs. This gas, which consists of iodine and bromine, is completely harmless.

How to switch out halogen bulbs?

Most halogen bulbs are simple swap-outs. Just pick up some replacement bulbs, and you’re good to go. Low-voltage halogen lamps may be a bit of a challenge. Due to the lower power consumption of LED lights compared to halogen lights, these fixtures may sometimes be overloaded.

Are LEDs better than incandescent bulbs?

Compared to halogen bulbs, LED lights last nearly ten times as long while using 85% less energy. While incandescent bulbs are cheap, they don’t hold up well to the high temperatures found over a stove and should be avoided. While halogen lamps are fantastic for illuminating a particular range of areas, LEDs are the most durable and cost-effective option.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to replace halogen lights in a range hood, you won’t be caught in the dark the next time the lights go out. Check if your range hood supports halogen lights before buying new ones.

This article covered halogen lights and how to replace them from a kitchen vent hood.

Key takeaways

  • Ensure that your vent is off and quickly disconnect the power. This step is important for protecting you and your vent hood.
  • Buy the same type of bulb as the one you’re planning to replace.
  • Halogen lighting is a modern improvement on the traditional incandescent bulb.
  • Range hood lamps typically use 20-watt halogen lighting or LED lights.
  • A plastic cover shields the lamp in most range hoods.

So, do you replace halogen lights in your range hood? And did I cover everything you wanted to know? Let me know in the comments section below (I read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out my full blog for more tips and tricks in your kitchen. Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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Written By Roger Harris
Hey there! My name is Roger, and I've been selling range hoods for over six years. I now run this blog all about range hoods and kitchen ventilation! If you're looking for a new range hood for your kitchen, this is the place for you.

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