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How to Remove Fluorescent Light Covers [A Complete Guide]

At times, we’re all confused by our household appliances.

We have the most trouble installing or removing things.

Removing fluorescent lamp covers is one of them.

How to remove fluorescent light covers?

First, you need to figure out what type of light covers your fluorescent bulbs have. Fluorescent light covers are called lenses or diffusers and there are three versions seen of it. Usually, they contain simple mechanisms to hold in place. All you need is a standard frame ladder to reach the light covers. 

Liked what you have read so far? Well, a far more detailed discussion on it is waiting for you. 

Why wait then? Let’s dive deep in!

Removing Fluorescent Light Covers from the Bulbs

Here’s the thing, there are three versions of fluorescent light covers found. Usually, they are very lightweight and easy to replace. The three versions are; Drop Ceiling, Wraparound, and finally, flat acrylic covers. 

As all of these have simple mechanisms, you can easily remove them from the place. 

Let’s see how you can do it!

Removing Drop Ceiling Light Covers 

Drop ceiling fluorescent bulbs are generally used in commercial settings including offices, malls, and institutions. At times the bulbs explode and are in need of change.

The bulbs are placed inside the ceiling. As a result, they can be covered with other ceiling panels. The intention is to flush the panels with lights. 

These frames or panels consist of two layers before unlocking the light covers. They are laid flat and locked in place. 

To remove them:

Step 1: Pull the panels up and out at a 90-degree angle. After successfully unlocking both layers, the frame will slightly open. 

Step 2: Pull the frame horizontally away from the hinge side. You must do it in order to swing the light all the way. 

Step 3: Now the light cover is in the correct position to fully swing down. Swing it down. And your fluorescent light covers will be removed. 

Removing Wraparound Fluorescent Light Covers 

Wraparound fluorescent lights are mostly hung down from the ceiling. They don’t have any decorative cover on them. 

So, you will not likely find them in fancy exteriors or with insulated ceilings.

The lens of the cover is of U shape. They usually cover the sides and bottom of the light. The sides of the lens sit on a ledge with a small lip. The lip can be pushed out of the place easily. 

To remove a wraparound light cover:

Step 1: Grab on to the one long side and push it upwards. 

Step 2: After completing the first step, pull the long side down. 

Step 3: Now you have to do the same with the other side as well. 

And your wraparound fluorescent covers will be removed. 

Removing an Acrylic Flat Fluorescent Light Cover 

Flat acrylic lights covers are flexible and lightweight which makes them easier to remove. 

Flat acrylic lights usually have a decorative cover to hold them in place. Due to their decorativeness, they are mostly used in the kitchen. 

In order to remove acrylic flat fluorescent light covers:

Step 1: Push one end in order to create a sufficient gap at the other to maneuver it out of the frame. 

As they are very flexible, you might bend them while inserting or removing them if you are not careful. 

Step 2: If the panel gets stuck, gently tap around the cover perimeter with a soft mallet. It will loosen up and then try again.  

Follow these procedures accordingly. You will get your way around any sort of fluorescent light cover:

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It’s not unusual that you will have to remove fluorescent light covers from time to time. There can be plenty of reasons to remove it. Knowing the proper steps to do it always makes the process easy and efficient.

Tips While Removing Fluorescent Light Covers 

Even though following my procedure you can remove the covers. There are still some things you need to keep in mind. Those are; 

Tip 1: Before you approach to remove the light covers, clean the floor under the lamp. 

Tip 2: While removing acrylic flat light covers, use your finger to grab the upper lip of the cap. 

Tip 3: Use a suitable screwdriver to loosen and remove the oval head. 

Tip 4: Remember to hold the cover cap with one hand.

Tip 5: Work on the ladder for better excess.

Follow all these tips and tricks accordingly and you will be good to go! 

Finding a Proper Fluorescent Light Cover 

Fluorescent light without cover can be very harsh for the eyes. Measure the correct light fixture before you go out to look for a replacement.

Additionally, keep in mind exactly what kind of cover you are looking for. This way you will find the best covers for your fluorescent light. 

Finally, don’t try to install one type of cover on another type of light. Remember that when a wraparound cover is needed, the flat acrylic cover will not work.


Question: How do you remove fluorescent light covers without clips?

Answer: If a kitchen has only one single bulb then the cover is probably attached with a nut on the side. Use pliers or a wrench to twist the nut counter wise. After coming out all the way, slide the bulb cover away from the nut. 

Question: How do I remove a spring light ceiling cover?

Answer: To remove a spring light ceiling cover, use a putty knife or a thin blade. Pull the cover straight down evenly by half inches. You should be able to insert your finger and pull a bit more. 

Question: How do you remove a square flush ceiling light cover?

Answer: Slide out covers which fit inside a metal track. Push in the direction of the track opening. Let the cover swing on the hinge. While holding the cover, change the bulb below.


Here is my take on how to remove fluorescent light cover. Follow the above  mentioned steps to successfully remove fluorescent light covers from your bulb. 

Do contact a professional if you are unable to remove the covers by yourself. 

Until next time, have a wonderful day!