How to remove a recessed light?


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Old 12-02-21, 01:48 PM
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How to remove a recessed light?

Is there a way to remove this type of recessed fixture to access wiring?


 
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Old 12-02-21, 03:03 PM
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Get your fingernails or a thin screwdriver between the rim and the ceiling and pull down. Those silver nubs are probably parts of the springs that hold the fixture in place. Pushing on them might help but usually just pulling down works.
 
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The silver tabs are just to hold the decorative trim ring. I have tried pulling down but don't want to bend anything in case the whole fixture is nailed to the studs or something. There are tabs around the bulb socket that when squeezed will push the socket up but again, I don't want to disconnect in case I can't put it back together. This is in a basement so I can't access the lights from the top.
 
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Old 12-02-21, 05:41 PM
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That is a trim and socket type can possibly made by Lightolier. Here is an image similar to what you are working with. https://store.usesi.com/lightolier-8...ite-reg-238623

The trim should pull down and the socket will come with it. It is possible that the trim is "glued" to the ceiling by the paint. It might also help to twist the ring while pulling down.

FYI - Code requires the trim to be removable on all can fixtures so that the junction box can be removed.
 
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This is indeed a Lightolier and I was able to just pull the whole thing down with some force. There are no screws and the whole thing uses just friction tabs against the mounting trim. Thanks guys!
 
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Yup. that is pretty typical with those types of cans. Glad you got it figured out.
 
 

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