Went to change in the lighting above our bathroom vanity and was greeted with this strange fixture. I am at a loss how to remove it to get replacement. I do not see any type of markings or model number. Any help would be appreciatedenter image description here

  • be very careful when handling the fixture ..... there may be LIVE AC on the exposed wire connection or even on the heatsink – jsotola Dec 26 '18 at 23:36
  • @jsotola if the light switch is on, then yes the two black wires will be live. but the power is DC, and probably between 12 and 40 volts. – David Dec 27 '18 at 0:47
  • @david yes, the LED wil have 12-40 volts across it, but it could be 120V relative to the metal frame of the light. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Dec 27 '18 at 4:28
  • OP what are you trying to do exactly? Change the "bulb"? Get the fixture off the wall? Fix a defective light? – Harper - Reinstate Monica Dec 27 '18 at 4:32

That looks to be a built in LED light. No (easy) way to replace the light when it burns out, you are supposed to get a whole new light. This is a newish trend in lighting that I'm not in favor of. Its great for the manufactures, not for consumers or the environment.

If you are handy with electronics and know how to solder, you can replace it.

The white chip on the bottom of the large heat sink, that is the LED. Desolder it and see if there are any identification marks on it. If not you will have to figure out what new LED chip to get from the power supply in the light. Look at the voltage and the wattage it supplies.

Assuming you can deduce the correct replacement chip, and you found a source to buy one. Then you will need to apply a thermal paste to the new chip before you screw it back down to the heat sink. Last resolder the electrical connections.

Is it worth it? Sadly, probably not.
Just get a new light fixture.

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    With all the led fixtures I have had that failed it has been the driver that was the failed component, that light may be able to be replaced with a newer style corn lamp by installing an Edison lamp base, the newer LED's are much more efficient and smaller than they were 2 , 3 years ago. I would look for DLC listed lamps these have a 5 year warranty to be listed. I just purchased some lamps that look like regular bulbs 16w at 1600 lumens or 100w equivlent, the make smaller wattage ones but that would be a way to save the fixture. – Ed Beal Dec 26 '18 at 23:34
  • LEDs basically never fail, and that,s why it's silly to socket them. The problem is in the driver. Putting a DC voltmeter on the two wires will prove that out. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Dec 27 '18 at 4:20

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