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Old 12-23-2010, 05:43 PM   #1
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Removing difficult light trim

The recessed lighting trim used in my home has 3 clips that contact the inner surface of the can (see photo). The only way I've found to reliably remove the trim is to destroy it. But, because it is a gimbal or eyeball trim, the bulb can't be changed without removing them! I have about 30 of these so I am getting a little frustrated.

Before I do a wholesale removal (by destruction) & replacement of the trims, are there any good ideas for saving these -- and changing the light bulbs?

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Old 12-23-2010, 09:16 PM   #2
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Removing difficult light trim

Grip the inside of the trim with your finger tips of both hands. Firmly and slowly twist/spin the whole trim while also pulling down.
It will come out without getting destroyed.


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Will the bulb physically fit through the opening in the existing trim? If it's just a question of not being able to grab the bulb to turn it, try using some kind of suction cup.

As far as removing the trim goes, it probably just takes a steady downward pull and some twisting, but I can see how those clips could be pretty stubborn.

Guess I posted at the same time as Speedy. So yeah, what he said ^^^

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