I feel like an idiot. I just bought my first starter home which happens to be a renovated home. The seller told me I have LED recessed lighting but I would like to change those lights to less harsh white light. I tried to remove the trim to change the light but it seems that its stuck on the ceiling. I cannot twist or wiggle the trim or anything. Was the trim caulked to the ceiling ? Please advise, I am scared to cause a mess on my ceiling.

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In almost every case, recessed lighting trim is held in place by springs on two sides of the unit. If you can get purchase on the edges, pull down on opposite sides. The unit should lower by several inches.

If you cannot get a grip, you could pry first one side, then the other with a thin plastic putty knife or a plastic spatula. Once you can grip it, again pull down a few inches.

You can then usually release the springs holding the unit to the ceiling. Be careful, because on many LED units, the trim and lighting portions are integral, and they may have wiring going up into the fixture that may need to be disconnected.


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