An installation and removal tool for light bulbs and similar items comprising modular and interchangeable attachment heads 100, a pole 20, an articulating joint 30, and an extraction head 40. Attachment heads 100 comprise a gripping unit and a handle 104 and are each configured to cooperate with one or more light bulb shapes and/or sizes 50-56 and further comprises an adhesive system 120. The gripping unit comprises a bulb cavity 112 with an engagement surface 112a and a release lip 114 and an adhesive system 120 mounted on the engagement surface 112a such that an air channel 116 is created surrounding the adhesive system. The adhesive system comprises pressure sensitive adhesive and preferably defines an opening 124b in fluid communication with a bore 106 defined by the handle to accommodate extended and oddly shaped bulbs. A protective liner cooperates with the adhesive component 120 to preserve the functionality of the adhesive when it is not in use.