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Changing bulb on a Click Flameguard GU495

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by Grantsteve, 6 Aug 2014.

  1. Grantsteve

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    The bulb in one of my sealed bathroom downlighters has blown but I cannot for the life of me work out how to get access to the bulb.

    Having prized the sealed unit out of the ceiling I can see it is a GU495 and the manufacturers tell me that the bezel should unscrew anti-clockwise to give access to the bulb behind. No matter how hard I try however I cannot get the bezel to turn anti-clockwise (or clockwise for that matter).

    Anyone had similar experience and managed to remove the bezel? I don't really want to have to order a new light!

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    Are you sure it is not central part of the light/lens that twists and not the bezel?
     
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    Quite sure. The bezel appears to be a single piece with no split at the inner ring, although there are two noggins that look like they are supposed to provide grip for turning (but are actually to small to be any use). I've attached a couple of photographs.


     
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    The website says

    Screw-on Bezels for the IP65 Flameguard Downlight

    The unique design of the IP65 downlighter allows either the low voltage or mains version downlighter to be fitted with a choice of four high quality and durable die-cast bezels. The illustration above shows the housing c/w lamp and the white bezel. The bezel is essential and when fitted to the housing protects the downlighter from water ingress achieving the IP65 rating for the fitting.


    So it screws on and off.
    Maybe paint/caulk or heat has caused it to sieze up.
     
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    looks to me like quarter anti-clockwise twist.

    Possibly heat was expanded the seals.
     
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    Thanks both - I am guessing the heat has borked it. Any tips for removal barring a destructive job with a screwdriver?
     
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    :LOL: I'll get the wife to have a go
     
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    Also

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    Other makes are available
     
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    Have you tried gripping the body in something and with a hammer and a small cold chisel against one of those lugs giving it a sharp tap?
     
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    I have EXACTLY the same problem with the same downlighters in my upstairs bathroom.
    3 of the 4 have now blown, and I can't get ANY of the covers off.
    They've been there about 2 years, and are not sealed/polyfilled in, so I reckon there's a design flaw in them.
    They only get hot from the heat generated by the bulb, and none are directly over the shower, so excessive moisture shouldn't be a problem.

    If you do work out how to remove the cover, please reply here, as I suspect I'll have to replace the entire units, at £20+ each, rather than just the bulb!
     
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    Better to ditch the energy inefficient lamps (its the heat that is causing the problem) and get some LED DoB lamps, then your problems will be over.
     
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    You'll probably find it impossible to unscrew the bezel in situ. You need to pull the whole unit out of the ceiling recess, and disconnect it from the electrical supply (switch off at the mains first!). Secure it in a vice, or Workmate, and use one of those serrated jar-opening devices to unscrew it. Grease the threads on re-assembly to prevent a re-occurrence. I've had to use this method this several times.
     
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    Welcome, mainliner - but you'll probably be more welcome if you check dates - I don't think that the OP is still trying to change the lamp over 2 years later... :)
     
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