Removing Recessed Light from Ceiling


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Old 12-17-21, 10:32 AM
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Removing Recessed Light from Ceiling

Hello. I am trying to remove this light from the ceiling. Note the three tabs separated by 120 degrees - am I supposed to "press" them as part of the removal process? That does not seem very practical, not least since I have only 2 hands and there are 3 tabs. Note that the white ring "pivots" when you push it, presumably to change the direction of illumination - is it possible that you also need to pivot the ring to change the bulb? I tried pressing on the face of the bulb with my fingers and rotating counterclockwise - I was able to get the bulb to rotate a bit, but I am not sure that this accomplished anything. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

 
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Old 12-17-21, 10:40 AM
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I have used a small flat blade screwdriver to pull a tab out far enough to grab it with needle nose pliers. Then just pull down to get it to pull out. It helps if you can grab two tabs with two pliers but one will allow you to pop it out.
 
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Old 12-17-21, 11:16 AM
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The three metal tabs are just holding the bulb in place.
The entire white trim should come down. That might make it easier to replace the bulb.

 
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Old 12-17-21, 01:32 PM
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Pilot: Thanks for the suggestion - tried it, was able to grab onto a tab, pulled down, but bulb would not budge.
PJMax: Thanks for the suggestion - I actually know that the white trim should theoretically come down, but it won't unless I chip away at paint and ceiling material and I do not need to change the bulb that badly to risk damage (I am a renter).

It might help if I knew whether the bulb "unscrews" (like an old-school bulb) or not.
 
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Old 12-17-21, 02:27 PM
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No...the bulbs don't unscrew. Most of them are of the MR-16 variety.
 
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Old 12-18-21, 04:33 AM
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For those types of lamps you typically have to pull down the entire trim to replace the lamp. The lamps are removed from the backside. Carefully score the layer of paint around the edge and pull the trim down.
 
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Perhaps this will help
mr16 bulb removal - Google Search

To make a hook it does not have to be a screwdriver.

 
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Old 12-21-21, 12:41 PM
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Hi manden: your suggestion worked - thanks a lot!

Hi PJmax - thanks, your suggestion helped me get the bulb out of the socket.

Hi Tolyn - thanks for the suggestion.
 
 

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