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Stuck recessed lights

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Can anyone suggest a tool or method to remove our stuck recessed "can" lights? I think the wrong size or type was used (they are totally flat, fit snugly into the can, and are up about 3/4 inch from ceiling level), and even using duct tape or "gripper" tools we can't unscrew the bulbs - all that's happened is they are pushed up into the ceiling so they're loose and there's no torque to unscrew them any more. (see attached picture) We haven't been able to get the housing rings off, either. This is in an 8 foot ceiling so everything has to be done at the top of a ladder. Anyone have any suggestions??


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..... Anyone have any suggestions??
Equipment required


  • Clean and wipe glass surface thoroughly with 409
  • Apply two strips of Bluestik to the clean glass
  • With end of the 2x4, work it into the BLUESTIK
  • Push HARD and turn CCW
Wear a hat in case the bulb breaks

To replace that PAR bulb I would use a 65W BR30
If you are concerned with aesthetics with matching with adjacent PAR bulbs then go ahead with another PAR. There is nothing wrong with PAR bulbs.

Look up into the Can and you will see a wingnut slider that can be used to lower the light socket.


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