Unable to remove bathroom light fixture to change bulb


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Old 10-08-15, 07:09 AM
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Unable to remove bathroom light fixture to change bulb

I have a bathroom light fixture that looks very similar to this:

<img src="https://images.lowes.com/product/converted/822985/822985510431lg.jpg" width="276" height="276"/>

But, without any visible tabs/notches/set screws etc on it anywhere. The bulb is in need of replacement and I am about ready to attack the thing with a hammer and smashing it off the ceiling.

No matter which way I rotate the light, the cover will not come off. I can get it loose, and pull it about 1/4" away from the ceiling, but it refuses to come off and I am wary of pulling / twisting on it any more than I already have. It only appears to rotate a certain amount in either direction. Pushing and rotating, pulling and rotating all make no difference.

Any suggestions on how to remove it so I can replace the bulb? It really is driving me somewhat crazy as it should be simple to pop the cover off, replace bulb and be done.

Thanks.
 
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Run your finger between the edge of the lens & the ceiling. You'll feel the latches. Pull them outwards.
 
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Pictures light and hard to see.
Looks like the one that turns counter clockwise looking up at it then just pulls straight down.
 
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You may need to push up slightly while twisting.
 
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Old 10-08-15, 11:03 AM
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@Pulpo - Could not feel any latches, will check again though, but unless they are further in than I would expect then I can't feel them.

@joecaption - Sorry, it was the closest picture I could find to match. Tried turning counter clockwise (and clockwise) and pulling, not budging.

@pcboss - Tried that as well, push up while turning, pull down while turning.

Can you tell this thing is driving me up the wall Honestly when I finally get this cover off I am sure it will be something really simple, for now though I cannot fathom why it is so annoying to get this light cover off.

I even have the same type in another bathroom and could not get that one off either. I figured at least if I could get one off I could investigate how it is attached and apply that knowledge to the one I can't move. No such luck with either though.
 
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Old 10-08-15, 02:12 PM
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Can you take a picture of the one you have?
 
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Old 10-09-15, 06:26 AM
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Hopefully this picture link works, this is all I can see. Definitely cannot feel any tabs, screws, springs etc anywhere around it or with my fingers between ceiling and the space I can create to the light.

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Try to push it straight up at the center & down from the side at the same time.
 
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Most of my suggestions have already been suggested, but here's one that might help, although it is a bit "out there".
If you can get it "1/4 inch from the ceiling", you might try (if possible) running a dull knife around the fixture, with the tip of the knife inside the circumference of the glass, to see if there are any springs or latches.
Also, a plastic knife might be safer, due to the possibility of having a hot wire inside the fixture. Of course, killing the power would be safest.
Good luck.
 
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Something else occurred to me. It could be that the lens is suppose to unscrew but the threaded rod is turning too. When the wires get tangled, it can't be turned any more. By now, I would have purposely destroyed the lens, out of disgust.
 
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By now, I would have purposely destroyed the lens, out of disgust.
Me too!
 
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Old 10-11-15, 11:04 AM
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Finally!

What I had to do was pull the whole piece (glass and bulb holder) fully down from the bucket in the ceiling. It's held in by some metal spring/clip. Once down there was a brass safety screw, removed that, then the glass bowl turns about 20 degrees and comes off. Bulb changed, screw back in and pushed up into the ceiling.
 
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Old 10-11-15, 12:51 PM
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Thanks for the description. It may help someone else.
 
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No problem, hopefully it does help someone if they run into the same issue. At least I know how to change the bulb in the other bathroom when that one goes out!!
 
 

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