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Old 07-12-2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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Replace Standard Storage Bay Light Bulbs

My QSDP has numerous light fixtures of two types/styles in the Basement Storage Bay Compartments.
This one is obvious and easy to replace the standard light bulbs:
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The other style (both switched and unswitched versions) is not as obvious:
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A few bulbs need replacing. A relatively small matter, I know, but definitely annoying at night! To avoid my inflicting inadvertent damage in the process, any learned advice you can offer regarding access to this latter style fixture to replace the standard bulb is much appreciated! (Or I could wait 'till Monday to contact a dealer, but what's the fun in that?)
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I'm thinking , plastic trim stick to pry the lens out; but it's Mondays so you may already have phoned.
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Good thought! In travel mode today, so haven't had the chance to contact a dealer. Any suggestions as to the best source for a plastic trim stick?
Thanks for taking the time to respond!
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You could buy these:

5 Piece Auto Trim and Molding Tool Set

Or gently use a small flat blade screwdriver to pry the lens out of the plastic rim. Gently is the word.

You might think about replacing with LED lights.
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In Canada; Princess Auto, or any auto parts store with a good auto body section.
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We use a plastic knife swiped from the cutlery section at Wendys. Not only does a plastic knife cut through baked brownies & angel food cake without tearing, it also pries off (gently as Bob stated) plastic lenses from RV light fixtures.

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Replace Standard Storage Bay Light Bulbs

I finally got the chance to follow the collective advice of all who responded to my enquiry. As you probably know, it turns out there are 3 tabs on the rear edge of the lens, 2 on one side and 1 on the other, which snap into corresponding slots in the base. As you suggested, a suitable "tool" is "gently" inserted between the base and the lens where the single tab is located, with slight upward pressure and simultaneously pulling outward. This releases the single tab allowing the lens to be carefully pulled away disengaging the two tabs on the opposite side. A plastic knife or flat-bladed watchmaker's screw driver will work, but I used a plastic knife I had on hand to reduce the risk of any potential damage to the lens or base.
Here is the base with 2 slots on the top edge and 1 slot on the bottom:
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And here is the lens with 2 tabs on the top edge and a single tab on the bottom, along with the critical "tool" options:
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Thanks so much for your help! Now to pickup the matching bulbs (#1003) and complete the replacement.
BTW, I do intend to convert to LEDs at some point but plan to begin with the interior lighting. I'll likely leave the 14 basement fixtures until much later since they of course are used relatively less frequently.
Thanks again!
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