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enter image description hereenter image description hereI'd like to replace an old, rusted light fixture on the bathroom ceiling. Unfortunately, I have no idea how it's actually held up to the ceiling. There are no screws on the sides, but there are holes. When I put my finger in to feel for a screw, it seems to only be insulation. I read that it may be spring-loaded? The whole thing does move; I can spin it counter-clockwise and clockwise, but I'm afraid to keep spinning. Is this how it comes down? Any tips are appreciated! enter image description here

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  • Don't spin it--you'll spin the wiring. If it's spring loaded, try gently prying one end to see if you see spring clips. Also, a higher resolution photo of the fixture with the insulation removed will help. – Adirondack Jim Sep 20 '20 at 21:25
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The nut in the center on the hollow shaft is the way the fixture is held in place that is called a hickey, yes there are multiple terms in electrical language the other electrical hickey is a pipe bender.

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  • That's the answer! Unscrewed the center and down it came. Very grateful for your help - thank you! – Lisa Sep 20 '20 at 21:39
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If you pull away some of the foil insulation you'll find the screws, probably 2, that hole the fixture to the junction box where the wire connections will be.

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  • Thank you. I pulled the foil back, but it just exposed some toasted foam. I pulled the foam down as much as I could and unfortunately, no screws underneath. – Lisa Sep 20 '20 at 21:07
  • What about right in the center? – JACK Sep 20 '20 at 21:20
  • Yes, that did it! The center was the answer. I cut away the insulation and took a pair of plyers to the center. Thankfully it moved easier than I expected. Came straight down. Thanks very much for your help! – Lisa Sep 20 '20 at 21:39

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