You're sitting at home, enjoying the flame effect of your electric fireplace when all of the sudden you notice there are several dark patches reflected in the log set. You determine a light bulb needs to be replaced within the unit. After some more pondering, you start to wonder the inevitable: how many people does it take to change a light bulb in your electric fireplace? And, is it going to be a tough job? Let's get into some of the basics...
It's simple to do.
But it depends on the unit and the location of the firebox. In most cases, particularly with plug-in, built-in and wall mounts, the firebox and light bulbs can be accessed by removing the glass door on the front with a screwdriver. After removing the glass, you should be able to access the firebox, unscrew the compartment, locate the old bulbs and replace them. It's that easy.
Some electric fireplaces use a clear chandelier or candelabra light bulb to produce a flame effect.
It doesn't happen that often.
Luckily for most customers, the need to change a light bulb, at least in a heating unit, occurs only every 2 to 3 years because a majority of manufacturers use long-life bulbs. Additionally, most products use LED lighting, which never need to be replaced. However, if you do own an electric fireplace that uses a regular light bulb to create the flame effect, the warning signs to change the bulb are similar to the scenario above as most owners notice dark spots in the flame or a decrease in clarity within the log set. All light bulb specifications will be listed within the owner's manual and the bulbs can be purchased at any home improvement store. If you happen to lose or misplace your manual, you only need to access our website, select a manufacturer and search for their product in the provided list to see the specs.
The directions are clear and concise.
Light bulb replacements vary slightly based on the model and design of each heating unit. Generally, electric fireplace units take two to four clear chandelier or candelabra light bulbs. These are small but powerful and most manufacturers are very clear on the wattage for their specific model. For example, the Dimplex Celeste Freestanding Electric Stove should not exceed 15 watts in the upper bulbs or 35 watts in the lower bulbs, but the Dimplex Standard 23" Electric Log Set uses two 60-watt light bulbs. All this information can be found our website.
Both the Dimplex Celeste Freestanding Electric Stove and the Dimplex 23" Log Insert use light bulbs to produce a flame effect.
To answer the original questions: it should only take one person to change a light bulb within an electric fireplace and, no, it's not a tough job. With access to our readily available online manuals and some simple household tools, you should be back to enjoying your fireplace in no time.