Tuesday, 5 June 2012

How To Remove Covers From Ceiling Lighting Fixtures

There may be a number of reasons that you want to remove the covers from your ceiling lighting – perhaps you are remodeling, or you need to complete some maintenance, or you want to clean the cover itself. Luckily, removing the cover of ceiling mounted lighting is a fairly simple process that you can easily do yourself.

Place a ladder beneath the lighting fixture, ensuring that it will be high enough to get you up as close to the ceiling as possible. You should also ensure that you can get up high without you having to completely stretch your arms above your head, as this is a safety hazard.

Take the cover of your ceiling lighting in one hand and use the other to loosen all of the screws that are holding it in place. Fortunately, most covers will have only a single metal fastener holding it in place, and this can easily be removed with your fingers (negating the need for a screwdriver). If you are one of the unfortunate homeowners with a more solidly secured lighting cover, you will need a Phillips-head or flat-head screwdriver to remove it.

Slowly remove the cover from over the ceiling fixture, bringing it down to be level with your torso. Be wary of moving too fast, as this may cause you to slip or to knock the globe (which could break it).

Finally, you can climb back down the ladder, ensuring that you are holding onto the cover tightly. If you can, pass the ceiling lighting cover off to a second person before you begin your descent, as this will lessen the chance of any accidents

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