need some kind of cover or trim for this exposed ceiling lamp


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Old 01-27-17, 11:49 AM
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need some kind of cover or trim for this exposed ceiling lamp

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This ceiling light in the bathroom has been sort of bugging me ever since we've moved in but I only discovered this forum now and figured I'd see what others have to say. Name:  ceiling light 1.jpg
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Any ideas on how to cover this up so it won't be exposed like this? The square part with the hole is actually part of the light fixture. Not sure if a flat trim would work because of that square section that sticks out from the ceiling.

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Old 01-27-17, 11:54 AM
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All the ones I remember seeing were always round. The cover is removable/replaceable. It's held in place with those springs. If your replace it with a round or different sized cover it might show on the ceiling where it's been painted around over the years.
 
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Old 01-27-17, 12:06 PM
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It sure looks like it is or was an exhaust fan/light combo. Is there another fan in the bathroom?

As Marksr said, you should be able to pull the square part down, perhaps after cutting around it with a knife to break the paint bond. All that dust inside supports that it is/was a fan.

If it is indeed a fan, you could replace the whole fan with new. You should be able to find one large enough to cover the old area.
 
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Old 01-27-17, 01:20 PM
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I don't recall ever painting a bath ceiling with that type of exhaust/light combo but with the dust that makes sense ..... I didn't even notice the dust first time around
 
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Old 01-27-17, 04:15 PM
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I too think exhaust fan and bulb. I thought it might be a heat lamp.
 
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Old 01-27-17, 05:09 PM
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That sure looks like a fan forced heat lamp. Not really designed to be used with a sealed lens.

At one time they were very popular (mid 70's).

Tough to find square lenses. Did locate some here....
Bathroom Ceiling Recessed Lights
 
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Old 01-27-17, 05:54 PM
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I would bet that if you had the proper sized lamp in the fixture and had it adjusted down a bit it would fill that hole,I would take a vac and clean the inside of that fixture out then install an infrared lamp,I couldn't find the face Dia. But bet it is at least 5".
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Old 01-27-17, 06:09 PM
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There are some 5" bulbs here Heat Lamp Bulbs | Bulbs.com How deep is the fixture?
 
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Old 01-28-17, 05:01 AM
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If you pull that trim down there maybe info in the inside,check out Broan fixtures.
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Old 01-28-17, 11:04 PM
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Hi everyone. Thank you all for your responses. As soon as I read them I went to the bathroom and removed the trim. Nothing on the back of it.
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We never use this light really because there is a much brighter set of lights
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But like everyone mentioned it is a fan/lamp combo.
So I decided to vacuum clean like suggested and then unplugged the fan and used some paper towels to clean the areas where the vacuum cleaner didn't quite reach. While I was cleaning I found this piece of paper:
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NuTone Division
Cincinatti, Ohio 45227
Scovill
A-65837
This building was built in the 70's and I'm guessing this light/fan combo was put in when it was built.
Also took out the bulb before cleaning.
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High Quality Flood
FEIT Electric
65 Watts
130 Volts
The 1 is barely visible but I'm guessing it's 130 and not 30.
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So this is what it looks like with the trim off
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Different angles of the lamp interior with bulb removed
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So was this lamp/fan combo meant to be open like this for air to flow out? Also - having removed the trim I'm wondering what its function was??

edit: forgot to mention - depth of the fixture ~ 5 3/4 inches
 

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Old 01-29-17, 05:07 AM
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Definetly a fan/light combo,do you have access above?do you intend to reuse this?is it vented outside?I would give Nutone Customer service a call and see what they offer for a reto fit replacement.
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Old 01-29-17, 04:31 PM
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That was infrared heat lamp and fan. Meant to warm you after a shower.
 
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Old 02-18-17, 04:09 PM
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Thank you for your responses Geochurchi and pcboss. I left it running for a while to see if it indeed warms up but the only warmth I felt was when I stuck my hand right under the bulb - from the bulb itself. Perhaps it stopped working a while back and previous owners of the unit just left it alone figuring it was not worth the time and trouble replacing the whole thing. Right now I sort of feel inclined to do the same as there are other more pressing projects in the unit to attend to before revisiting this.
 
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Old 02-18-17, 04:14 PM
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It won't generate any heat you can feel as there is not an infra red bulb there.
Someone has replaced the 250w infra red bulb with a small reflector flood.

The sticker you previously posted from the inside of that fixture says infra red bulb right on it.
 
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Old 02-19-17, 05:54 AM
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Since you didn't know it was also a fan I suspect the fan part is shot. I would replace the entire unit with a fan/light combo unit. There are many out there and some look like a standard can light. What you can use and how big of a job it is will depend on how your home is build and where the bath is.
 
 

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