enter image description here I have this light fixture in my bathroom, and need to replace the bulb. But I can’t get the glass dome off.

There are no threads between the glass and the plastic mount/base. And no externally visible clips or screws. I can pull the whole dome down, off the plastic base, by about an inch or so. Feels like it is mounted with a spring mechanism inside, because it resists and when I let go, snaps back up.

Tried with a little extra force but it won’t budge further than an inch. And the base has an inner rim which means I can’t get a good peek into the inner works.

Tried jiggling, rotating and even pushing up. No luck so far.

Any idea how this is supposed to work?

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    Pull harder ...
    – brhans
    Nov 12, 2018 at 3:29
  • Or unhook whatever is pulling it back up. Chances are one end will release.
    – isherwood
    Nov 12, 2018 at 3:32
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    if there is nothing to unscrew, maybe the glass portion of the light unscrews. With the ones in my house, the amount of force I needed scared me the first time. Another thought is maybe there are spring clips? pull down the light and squeeze the clips. youtube.com/watch?v=nsm2iJ69e8o Nov 12, 2018 at 17:05

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Three flat spring arms extend down from the base. They have bends so that they can hook the glass once it is fully in place. Pull the glass down a bit from one side only. Slide a butter knife around until you find one of the spring arms. Then either tug down or use the butter knife to push the spring inward while you tug.
When you re-install the glass, hook 2 of the springs into the glass and use your fingers to push the third arm in as you raise the glass dome.

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