tl/dr: I can't find how to release the lamp from the fixture.

  • Not spring-loaded
  • Non rotating
  • I can't find a way to remove the sides

I have a fluorescent lamp in my bathroom which lights up about 2 minutes after I turn the switch on, so I have to change the starter.

The problem is that the fixture is not a regular one with a slit where you just rotate the lamp to get it out. Also, it's not spring-loaded (I tried to push it to both directions), and I haven't found a way to pull one of the sides out to release the lamp (this was my initial thought as it has some kind of clips/buttons that I can't figure out if they have something to do with the sides or they just hold the bay cover under the lamp).

Lamp model: Osram Lumilux Plus 36W/41-827 I can't find any info on the model of the fixture

Also, this didn't help.

left side

right side - a bit out of focus

right side

  • Those buttons obviously release something. While squeezing both such that they feel like they've disengaged, try removing the endcap.
    – isherwood
    Commented Aug 21, 2020 at 19:46
  • @isherwood I tried that to both sides (there are four of them, two in each side), but the endcaps aren't moving, that's why I think they might hold the bay cover.
    – Dion
    Commented Aug 21, 2020 at 19:54
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    I'd be surprised if one of us has specific experience with that old light. Thousands of such fixtures have been designed and sold over the decades. Keep wiggling things and something will come apart.
    – isherwood
    Commented Aug 21, 2020 at 20:05
  • You've done a great job of giving us the model of the bulb. How about the make/model of the fixture itself? Also, if something comes apart (as @isherwood noted) but wasn't supposed to come apart, a similar replacement fixture shouldn't be too terribly expensive. ;)
    – FreeMan
    Commented Aug 21, 2020 at 20:52
  • Is it possible that you pull the button/clips instead of pushing? Do they move side-to-side? I wouldn't think it, but have you tried removing the long panels between the plastic end caps?
    – FreeMan
    Commented Aug 21, 2020 at 20:55

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I was a struggle, hell of, but I managed to remove the bulb by sliding out the anchor while pressing the two clips. I needed to shake the whole assembly in order to get it out. Good luck! enter image description here

  • Thanks a lot! After so many years the endcaps were adhered to the fixture.
    – Dion
    Commented Aug 30, 2022 at 22:13

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