How to remove ceiling light fixture

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Old 08-20-13, 09:07 PM
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How to remove ceiling light fixture

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Hello,

I have a square ceiling light in my room and cannot figure out how to remove it. Any ideas?

Thanks!
 
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Old 08-20-13, 09:18 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

There are usually two small brass thumb knobs on the flange part of the fixture. One across from each other. Could also be a screw there instead of nut.

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Thanks a lot for your help! I removed a couple of screws but it still does not come off. The screws were on opposite sides of the fixture. Any ideas?
 
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Old 08-21-13, 03:22 AM
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Pry down with a flat blade between the fixture and the ceiling. It is probably stuck with paint, since the painter left their mark
 
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I can spin the fixture 360 degrees but it does not unscrew. Is there something preventing it from being released?
 
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Old 08-21-13, 09:53 AM
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Usually you can't spin a fixture like that without breaking the wiring.

Like Larry said.... it looks like the paint has fastened it shut.
 
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Old 08-21-13, 03:28 PM
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Open up the fixture the way you would to change a light bulb. Look for a large knurled nut in the center of the fixture, or any other screw heads or nuts inside it.
 
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Old 08-21-13, 11:43 PM
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He posted a pic Nash..... no big nut to remove
 
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Old 08-22-13, 09:08 PM
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Maybe your monitor is higher resolution than mine is, PJ. I can't make out anything inside that fixture except what appear to be two lampholders.

And I'm still interested in hearing whether there's any type of mounting hardware visible in there.
 
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Old 08-22-13, 09:20 PM
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The OP is trying to remove the glass. Without getting the glass off.... what's inside is moot point.

Inside the fixture there should be two holes in the metal back plate where the screws attach the fixture to the box.

That fixture should be in the same family as the one I posted. The two side nuts allow the outer glass dome to be removed.

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Old 08-22-13, 10:32 PM
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The OP is trying to remove the glass. Without getting the glass off.... what's inside is moot point.
It is, but my understanding is that he's trying to figure out
How to remove ceiling light fixture
Brandon, which is it, the glass or the whole fixture?

But I'm definitely confused about one thing: Why isn't following PJ's advice working for you? It seems like that should be the way to do it.
 
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