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I would like to replace the bulb and I don't know how to do it. I tried pulling the clips on the side out, but they don't budge. Then I tried to unscrew the clips off (hence the third picture), but the screwdriver has to be used at an angle and won't unscrew. Any advice is appreciated.

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Does the entire glass dome unscrew from the base? I had one like that once. It was even harder to put back together after I changed the bulb. Some also have spring clips that you just pull. There is a little resistance at first but then the spring wires open up, sort of the same was recessed lighting reflectors work. –  dslake Jan 27 at 3:47
    
Two other things to try. First, try sliding the curved piece (that's grabbing the glass) sideways under the piece with the screw in it. You can try gently tapping it with the plastic end of a screwdriver to see if it moves. Second, put the palm of your hand under the base of the glass and while pushing up, try turning it counterclockwise. If neither works, go to plan C and either borrow a small ratchet set or some nut drivers from a friend, or buy a cheap ratchet set. My guess is the size is either 1/4" or 5/16". –  getterdun Jan 27 at 5:08
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I have a fixture that looks almost identical to this - one of the 3 clips is on a spring and pulls out a little. Then the cover just falls off. Maybe its the same but the spring part is stuck on yours? –  Grant Jan 27 at 22:07
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Taking a close look at the screw that holds the bracket in place seems to show that you will not get that out with a conventional screwdriver.

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This looks to me as if it is a hex headed machine screw. As such, removal will require another type of tool like a 6-point socket or a nut driver as shown below:

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Some sockets are available that have a flexible joint that permits their use in areas where straight in access to the fastener is not possible:

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Be aware that sockets and nut drivers come in a variety of sizes and so it would be essential to obtain and use the proper tool.


Note: This fixture looks like it would be totally possible to remove the glass dome / dish from the light simply by removing just one of the brackets. You should check more closely at all three brackets. It is possible that one bracket is held in place with a different type of screw that is easier to remove with either thumb power or a standard screw driver.

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+1 especially for the last point. Also, if that were not the case (that at least one clip was easy to remove), I would seriously consider replacing the whole fixture, because changing a light bulb should never be that difficult. –  mac Jan 27 at 14:44
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