How to Remove Ceiling Light Covers

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Whether you are doing some remodeling and want to change the ceiling light cover, you have some maintenance to do and want to replace the light bulb, or you have to clean the cover from the inside, removing the ceiling light cover doesn't require professional help. There are many different types of ceiling light covers. But no matter how they are installed, removing them is still simple.


There are many types of ceiling light covers.

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Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-Head Screwdriver (Optional)

  • Screwdriver (Optional)

  • Ladder

Step 1

Get up on a ladder that gets you up high and close enough to the light fixture in question so that you can reach the cover without having to have your arms completely stretched up over your head.


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Step 2

Hold the ceiling light cover with one hand and loosen all the screws that are holding the cover in place with the other hand. Most covers have only one metal fastener that can easily be removed with your hands and do not require a screwdriver. Others may require either a Phillips-head screwdriver or a standard, flat screwdriver.


Step 3

Remove the ceiling light cover from the fixture and bring it down slowly so that you can grip it with another hand.

Step 4

Climb down from the ladder clutching the cover with one hand and holding the ladder with your other hand so that you safely maintain three points of contact with the ladder at all times while descending.