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A fluorescent bulb was improperly removed from its sockets. I am unable to turn the contact rings from the closed to the open position. I would be thankful for any advice.

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  • I stick a bulb in pins at the contacts and rotate. Some tombstones will snap into position and feel like they will break before releasing. Wiggle both CW and back CCW and it should release even if the lamp is not totally square with the fixture. – Ed Beal Feb 27 '16 at 15:22
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Those black pieces are meant to turn 360 degrees in any direction. You already have a key to turn them, in the form of a fluorescent tube. Keep the tube as close as possible to its proper position (i.e. don't try to do this at much of an angle). Turn off fixture power.

Worse come to worst, if you break the lampholder (aka tombstone) or if that type just annoys you (they annoy me), new lampholders are fairly standard, common and cheap. I typically pay 60 cents each for them and keep a bagful on hand. You can mix and match types though I prefer to keep "circular" types separate from "v" types. Height is also a factor, they come in 3 heights. Yours looks like a medium. You don't want a short but a long will probably suffice.

  • Thanks for your time and detailed advice, Wolf. The pins on the tube were bending too much, so I used the backs of two small wooden paint brushes to turn the contacts to open. Looks like I've saved a buck twenty for now. – Chris Bush Feb 28 '16 at 11:27

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