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Old 04-16-2012, 02:25 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I'm pretty new to the whole homeowning/do it yourself lifestyle, and have a question about the light fixture in my kitchen. Recently 2 twisted cfl bulbs went out, probably within 1-2 days of each other, and I am having a hard time figuring out how to replace the bulb. I believe the lights in my kitchen are considered recessed lighting.

So when the first light went out, I hastily grabbed my step ladder and tried to twist the bulb out. I should have looked more closely at the fixture because when I started to twist, the bulb popped in my hand. No big deal, just a bunch of debris all over the place. I looked at the fixture and it said I should pull straight down to remove. Doh! The second light went out a day or two later and this time I pulled straight down on the bulb to remove. To my surprise the bulb came out, but at the ends of the bulb were 2 bare wires. I had never seen this bulb in stores before.

Anyways here are some pictures I took of my fixture. Can anyone tell me how I am to replace my busted bulbs? Thanks!






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See those black tabs on the back of the trim. Press those in. That will unclip the socket from the trim. While pressing on the tabs, pull on the trim. That should give you the leverage to pull the broken base out of the socket.

Do remember to turn the switch off while doing this.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:34 AM   #4
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So what kind of bulb should I search for at home depot to replace the broken base with? Thank you for your help.
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Whatever type of lamp came out of there.
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You may have to go to an electrical supply or lighting store.
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That is a standard pin style bulb...the ballast is up in the ceiling in the other part of the fixture.

Make sure the power is off....push on the clips on the backside of the cone...this will let you pop the socket out of the cone...it should be easier now to remove the bulb base.

The type of bulb will be printed on the base. Replace with like bulb.

Note...HD and Lowes will have the bulbs but they will most likely be warm white....if you go online you can get other colors of lights.
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Recently 2 twisted cfl bulbs went out...

... when I started to twist, the bulb popped in my hand. No big deal, just a bunch of debris all over the place.
Worth noting is that CFL's contain mercury, which is released when the bulb breaks.

There are differing schools of thought on the severity of the situation when you do break one. But most do agree that a wet (paper)towel is the best way to pick up the debris, not to sweep or vacuum which can spread the dust.
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Thanks for the help guys. I'll try all this when I get home from work.
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Look at the third picture.
Inside the trim (cone)
On the base of the bulb it says:

"CAUTION
DON'T TWIST"
xxxx xxx bulb straight xxx xxx

I can't read all of what it says after 'don't twist'
But I think that is your answer
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Quick update:

I was able to pull the bulb base out of the socket and it was a 4-pin type. HD and Lowes don't carry these so I ended up ordering some on Amazon. Thanks for the help guys!

jammin: I only read the warning after twisting the bulb, silly me. However it is pretty hard to see that warning when the bulb was still intact.
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Did you get the EXACT same kind? Same wattage and everything?
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Those are called "PL" fluorescents.
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There has to be a "How Many Does it Take...." joke hiding in this somewhere?

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