The springs are pretty tight. I tried a butter knife (less likely to scratch) between the inner and outer rings to it out and then pulled it out with my finger. The butter knife didn't work very well, so I switched to the blade on a Swiss Army knife and tried to be very careful. If you slip with your finger, it can bite. You could put tape on the rings and around the fixture to prevent slips that scratch, but I just went for it. As you figure it out, it gets easier. If you scratch anything, don't worry, no one (except you) will ever notice it. So long as you got good quality LED's, they should last for many years and you'll never have to do it again.