How Do I Change Halogen Light Bulbs in Pot Lights?

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How Do I Change Halogen Light Bulbs in Pot Lights?
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Pot lights, recessed cans, recessed canisters and recessed fixtures are some of the names that recessed light housings are known by. They are available in both low-voltage and 120-volt housings. The size of recessed housings range from 3 to 6 inches in diameter and hold a variety of trim sizes and designs. The trim you choose depends upon the bulb and the size of the housing. Some trims are specific to halogen bulbs and can create confusion on how to access the bulb to change it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Medium Base 120-Volt Halogen Bulb

  1. 1

    Remove the pot light trim from the housing in the ceiling. Trims secure to the pot light housing three ways: with tension clips, tension springs or coiled springs. Grab the outside edge of the trim against the ceiling. Pull down on the trim to pull the tensions clips directly from the housing, releasing the trim. Grab the trim and pull down to expose the two tension spring wires on each side of the trim. Squeeze the two wires together on each side of the trim to release the trim from the housing. If the trim secures to the housing with coiled springs, do not remove the housing; the trim will not interfere with changing the medium base halogen bulb.

  2. 2

    Grab the 120-volt halogen bulb with your finger. Twist the bulb counterclockwise to remove the bulb from the socket.

  3. 3

    Insert the base of the halogen bulb into the medium base socket. Turn the bulb clockwise to install the new bulb into the pot light.

  4. 4

    Push the tension clip trim into the fixture to replace the trim and secure it to the pot light fixture. Squeeze the two wires of the tension springs together. Insert the springs into the U-brackets inside the pot light fixture. Push the trim against the ceiling.

    12-volt GU10 and Bi-Pin Based Halogen Bulbs

  1. 1

    Remove the pot light trim from the housing in the ceiling. Low-voltage trims secure to the pot light housing in two ways: with tension clips or tension springs. Grab the outside edge of the trim against the ceiling. Pull down on the trim to pull the tensions clips directly from the housing, releasing the trim. Grab the trim and pull down to expose the two tension spring wires on each side of the trim. Squeeze the two wires together on each side of the trim to release the trim from the housing.

  2. 2

    Slide the 12-volt bulb from the tension collar holding the bulb in the trim and set the trim aside. The pot light socket attaches to the fixture with electrical cord. Pull the bi-pin base halogen bulb from the socket. Twist the GU10 one-quarter turn counterclockwise to release it from the pot light socket.

  3. 3

    Push the replacement low-voltage bi-pin halogen bulb into the pot light socket. Insert the GU10 base into the low-voltage socket and twist the bulb one-quarter turn clockwise.

  4. 4

    Slide the halogen bulb into the tension collar on the pot light trim. Push the tension clip trim into the fixture to replace the low-voltage trim and secure it to the pot light fixture. Squeeze the two wires of the tension springs together. Insert the springs into the U-brackets inside the pot light fixture. Push the trim against the ceiling.

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