I bought a few LED new light fixtures and was able to replace them in bedroom in 5-10 minutes each. But the ones in kitchen had a weird CFL format and not the usual lightbulb screw kind of holder so not sure what are my options.

I am attaching pictures of the current fixture and the new LED fixture that I bought. Any ideas appreciated.

Should I just snip the current holder and the new light bulb adapter and splice the black wire with the red and the white with the blue? Is that it?

what the fixture looked like before enter image description here busted lamp new GE LED fixture and lamp

  • you're going to have to remove that "can" and disconnect the ballast and connect the new fittng to the power wires , this may require a different type of led fitting, I can't see how the one you've got can be compliant here, but my NEC knowledge is weak. and I haven't seen behind that can.
    – Jasen
    Sep 27, 2020 at 2:27

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No, you can't do that. The blue and red wires you see in the existing fixture come from the ballast for the CFL bulb. It's not the regular 120V. You'll need to remove the old fixture to get to the 120 Volts you need and install a new fixture.

  • Thanks @JACK. That makes sense - I never considered earlier that a ballast would be required. I have never quite changed a fixture so will have to consider the amount of work required. I assume that attic access might be required which is quite cramped.
    – Gaurav
    Sep 27, 2020 at 12:49
  • @Guraaf check the inside of your fixture for screws, brackets, clamps, etc., Sometimes you can undo the fixture from below and remove it without attic access.
    – JACK
    Sep 27, 2020 at 13:00
  • Thanks again. I found a few YouTube videos and found it was straightforward enough. However, the canister is clipped and not screwed. I just couldn't get the clip to budge. There are 4 of them. The can itself is Halo H572RICAT. I found the instruction manual for installation but that didn't give me any clue on how to remove them. There is a smallish notch on it but too small to even hold with a nose plier and pull down.
    – Gaurav
    Sep 28, 2020 at 13:13
  • @Guraaf You should be able to push the bracket up and then pull it out and down...
    – JACK
    Sep 28, 2020 at 14:49
  • Thanks @JACK. I couldn't figure this out. What didn't make sense to me is how is the canister held in place? If I push it up then how will I eventually bring it down and put it back in place after removing the ballast? I will continue to look online for a potential instructive video.
    – Gaurav
    Sep 29, 2020 at 15:09

You can easily bypass the ballast, connect your hot to red neutral to white and use color tape to designate for future. The sockets can be adapted with plug in to medium adapter. Faster and easier then replacing the can.
I do this literally all the time

  • Thanks for your reply. I need to remove the canister to get to the black/white wires above but am unable to remove the can from below as it is clipped. Not screwed. The can is Halo H572RICAT and I couldn't figure out how to remove the clip
    – Gaurav
    Sep 28, 2020 at 13:10

You need to replace the fixture with a remodle can light. Then your led trim can go into that

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