How to Remove a Kitchen Light Panel

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Fluorescent tube light fixtures possess many desirable characteristics. They are affordable to install, energy efficient (especially the T8 tube size compared to the T12 tube size), available in varying lengths (from 24 inches to 96 inches), are simple to install, and the tubes themselves are simple to replace when they finally burn out. Fluorescent tubes last a long time, so you will rarely need to remove the panel from the light fixture, however, it is good to know how to do it.

Things You'll Need

  • Step stool or short step ladder
  • Place a step stool or a small step ladder under the light fixture to gain easy access to the light panel. Position the step stool or ladder so you will have easy and comfortable access to the light fixture.

  • Lift one edge of the light panel up with both hands and carefully bend the side of the plastic panel away from the light fixture. The plastic panel hangs in place on two or three small hooks along the side of the light fixture, depending on the overall length of the light fixture.

  • Allow the one side of the light panel to fall below the level of the light tubes. Lift the other side away from the light fixture so it will come unhooked.

  • Carefully step off of the step stool or ladder and set the plastic panel aside while you replace the fluorescent tubes.

Tips & Warnings

  • To reinstall the light panel, work backward from Step 4 to Step 1.
  • Plastic light panels can break easily so be careful when handling.

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