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Old 04-03-2014, 10:12 AM   #1
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I want to remove the black baffle trim and replace it with white. It seems that it was painted over when the ceiling was painted...
Should I just pull really hard and it will come down? It seems that this should be easy, but it's stuck...

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use a razor first around trim so you don't rip dry wall paper...
if plaster it will also help

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Ok, after that, it should be fairly easy, right?
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Without knowing/seeing your lights we can't say for sure...but if they HALO baffles they usually attach to the cans with V-shaped wire springs on each side of the baffle. To remove the baffle, first carefully pull it down from the can to expose the V-shaped wire springs. There's one on each side of the baffle. Then press together the wire prongs of each spring to release the baffle from the can. Installation is the reverse. Good Luck.
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That looks like a baffle with an attached reflector. The white trim ring is usually a separate piece. If you've already freed the trim ring I would clasp on both sides and pull down. This will expose the baffle. It should only drop down about 3 inches and then the wire springs I talked about above should be visible. Press each one together to unhook them from the can. When the baffle unit is free then you'll have to disengage the socket from the metal baffle assembly. Take note of which slots the socket locks into. You'll want to replace it in the same slots on the new white baffle. This is pretty easy to do but if you have never done it before please turn off the power before you do anything. Good Luck!
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Thanks! It looks like I need the Commercial Electric T6 Baffle, but I can only see black online...
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That looks like a baffle with an attached reflector. The white trim ring is usually a separate piece. If you've already freed the trim ring I would clasp on both sides and pull down. This will expose the baffle. It should only drop down about 3 inches and then the wire springs I talked about above should be visible. Press each one together to unhook them from the can. When the baffle unit is free then you'll have to disengage the socket from the metal baffle assembly. Take note of which slots the socket locks into. You'll want to replace it in the same slots on the new white baffle. This is pretty easy to do but if you have never done it before please turn off the power before you do anything. Good Luck!
Nope. This is not that style.

This is a Lightolier 1076/1176 (or equivalent) trim. The baffle comes out and the can is left. There are three scratch clips that hold it in place. The socket clips into the top of the can. Once the can is removed the frame-in kit is left.
Best bet is to score around the trim with a razor knife, grip the baffle and pull it down & out, then pull down on the can while slowly twisting it.
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Thanks! It looks like I need the Commercial Electric T6 Baffle, but I can only see black online...
Those will NOT fit this frame-in kit.
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Those will NOT fit this frame-in kit.
Thank you. So after I remove the baffle, what's next? Is it easier/better to get one of those LED kits that just screw in over the existing baffle?
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Thank you. So after I remove the baffle, what's next? Is it easier/better to get one of those LED kits that just screw in over the existing baffle?
Here is one option: http://www.lightolier.com/MKABrochur...s/page0321.pdf
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Here is someone with the same situation: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load...044111053.html
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This might be more trouble than it's worth...thanks for the info.
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I would make sure the electric is off at panel if you haven't already. Sometime the hot is run to the light and coded for hot at the switch.

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I would make sure the electric is off at panel if you haven't already. Sometime the hot is run to the light and coded for hot at the switch.
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Removing the trim does not require accessing the wiring compartment.

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