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wdoherty

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One of the overhead lightbulbs has gone in our van and we can't see how to get the shade off. The light is one of the cone shaped ones with a silver ring around it, don't want to force anything and end up breaking it, have tried unscrewing it but it doesn't turn, has anyone else changed one? The van is a Ace Firenze 2004

 

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As this is a relatively small forum population-wise, you may find that nobody will be in a position to provide hands-on advice.

 

You never know your luck but, if you don’t get any feedback, you might try the SwiftTalk network

 

http://www.swift-talk.co.uk/main/authorization/signIn?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.swift-talk.co.uk%2F

 

or the MotorHomeFacts forum that has a (small) section dedicated to Ace motorhomes.

 

(It’s stating the obvious perhaps, but as your light-shade may well have been unmoved for 10 years, if it does unscrew it may need some considerable effort to start it rotating. Try covering the light-shade with a damp chamois-leather. Press this firmly against the shade with both hands and then give it a sharp anti-clockwise jerk.)

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I just wonder if you have tried easing the whole fitting downward, as many of this type of lamp are held in place by sprung clips that fold back over the ply soffite to which the lamp is mounted. There are usually just two, on opposite sides of the lamp. Try twisting the whole fitting a little to see if it will rotate. If it does, it is probably on these clips. Then, grip the sides of the fitting and try gently pulling it down, away from the soffite. It will probably require some force to start the fitting moving (but not enough to break the fitting or pull out a screw), and it will probably yield on one side only at first, when you will need to "start" the opposite side, so that the lamp remains as near parallel with the soffite as possible while you withdraw it. But be cautions, as it is possible it is screwed in instead. Once you have the fitting part removed, grip the clips in preference to the fitting, and be careful how you release them once the fitting is free. They will snap back quite strongly if you just let them go! There should be an adequate length of wire attached to allow full removal, possibly with a plug-in connector attached that will allow you to completely detach the fitting and "operate" on it more comfortably. It should then become clear how the diffuser is attached.
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