How to Replace the Boob Light That’s Flush-Mounted to Your Ceiling

Before You Begin

Turn the wall power switch controlling the light fixture to the OFF position. If there is any chance another person could turn on the switch while you are working (e.g., children or a spouse), then turn off the power at the main service panel.

2) NOTCH/GROOVE MECHANISM: Twist and pull down 

The glass dome may have been fitted onto the base through a notch/grove type mechanism.

  • Pressing up on the glass lightly while twisting the pulling down may release it.
  • Turn slightly until you find the notch, then you push up into the notch & pull down


  • One person should pin the metal against the ceiling with the end of a broom stick while the other person should push or move the dome

For a fitting with a metal pole coming through the centre of the dome:

  • Hold on to the glass, but pull the metal piece a bit to one side and then unscrew it.

EXAMPLE FROM Trung Le Quoc: “we figured out how to open this light fixture: we just simply pulled the cover downward.”



Set up a stepladder below the light. Push up, tilt and drop a flat acrylic panel cover or pull down on a wrap-around style fluorescent light cover. Set the cover aside.

Open it up

Locate the screws holding the fixture’s outer ring to the ceiling, and remove them using a drill or screwdriver—whichever you feel most comfortable operating from that angle. Allow the fixture to hang freely from the now-exposed electrical wires. If you have not yet turned off your power at the breaker, now is the time.

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Step 7: Install The Fixture

This fixture uses screws for mounting to the box. Some use a threaded post as shown in Step 1. Start the mounting screws in the strap, position the fixture, and tighten the mounting screws with a screwdriver.


LED light systems are equally or more complex. I have the following model installed in my bedrooms: dl13smd3000k ip44 saa.


I found a clip on this that comes off. I suppose that will allow other similar ones to be installed.

Lawrence Leibowitz sent me this on 10 October 2017:

He asked: “How do I remove for replacement? No visible screws. Bar does rotate about 15-20 degrees in either direction so maybe that’s the key but I don’t want to force it any further.”


Flip it and reverse it

Once your bracket is secured, you’re ready to replicate the wire connection you just undid. If each of the wires on your new fixture has about half an inch of exposed metal at the end, go ahead and attach them to the ceiling wires: First the hot wires, then the neutrals, then the grounds. If not,  use electrical pliers to carefully strip away half an inch of insulation at the end before attaching. Once everything is securely wired, check your specific fixture’s packaging for instructions on securing the fixture to the bracket.

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Loosen the wire nuts connecting the fixture wires to the house wiring by turning them counterclockwise. Pull the wires apart. Turn the screws of the electrical clamp – holding the wire in the fixture – counterclockwise to loosen the clamp. Pull the wire through the clamp. Turn one wire nut clockwise onto the end of each house wire. Wrap electrical tape over the wire nut and onto each wire to ensure that the nuts don’t loosen and slide off the wires.

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