florescent light bulbsReplacing florescent light bulbs sure seems like a no-brainer. There are a few different styles of bulbs and several different connections that might cause some confusion.

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To access the light bulbs, you usually have to remove the plastic lens cover. With that gone you will have the bulbs ready to remove. The bulbs will either have 2 pins on each end or a rounded hub. These make contact with the electricity and illuminate the bulb.

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Look at the connections where the ends of the bulbs meet the fixture. If you see a slot at the bottom of the connector, rotate the bulb until you see a pin. Look at each end of the bulb to make sure you see a pin at the bottom of each connector. At this point the pins will be in the 6 o’clock and 12 o’clock positions. Gently pull the bulb out of the fixture.

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The other style has a small metal hub on each end. These are held in place by a spring in one of the connectors. Push the bulb to one side to retract the spring, pull the other side of the bulb out, and remove the bulb.

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Make sure you buy the correct florescent bulb. There are many diameters and sizes, but it should be pretty obvious.

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To reinstall the bulbs just reverse the procedure. With the pin-style, make sure both pins are into the connector before you try to twist it. If not, you can damage the connector and/or the bulb.

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