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Old 07-02-2008, 10:20 PM   #1
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help with changing a light bulb in '07 International CCD

Hello,

We have a light bulb burned out in one of the recessed lights in the ceiling of our CCD. How do we get it out? We can't seem to find anything in the manual and using the "search" function on the forums here seems to turn up many pages of nothing related to a light bulb. -possibly another thread in itself, but has anyone else found that the search function on the forum is rather useless?

Anyhow back to the recessed light bulb. The recessed light spins but I'm afraid I'm wrapping the wire around the can up in the ceiling and too afraid to be forceful with it. How do we get to the bulb and what kind do we need?

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Old 07-02-2008, 10:26 PM   #2
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sorry yakman

but this question REALLY needs a bad joke,

so i offer one....

Q-how many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?

ne1 KNOW the answer?

NOW, i think the answer to YOUR high intensity bulb issue is....

the bulb PULLS straight out (down) if its' turning something is 'amiss.

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Old 07-02-2008, 10:40 PM   #3
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i don't get it. is there a typo in the punchline?

The whole outer light assembly or should I be able to just pull the light portion down? If that's the case, I may need to dig my nails in and try to pull it out of there.

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Old 07-02-2008, 10:48 PM   #4
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...The whole outer light assembly...
IF it is like the high intensity fixture in my unit, the diffuser/cover pops off and THEN the bulb pulls out...

i'll post a link shortly...

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Old 07-02-2008, 11:05 PM   #5
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ok, after the cover is off it's a 'side pull....

here is one link/pic but search 'halogen' and u will find more info too...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/165159-post6.html

is that the right one?

u must be spinning the cover/lens/diffuser thing...

and here is a previously posted link to the fixture units we have, scroll down a bit to find yours....

misc light fixtures.....

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Old 07-02-2008, 11:16 PM   #6
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Thanks 2air,

That does look like the real deal. I'll give it a tug in the morning... and please, no bad jokes.

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Old 07-02-2008, 11:25 PM   #7
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bad jokes u ask?

ok here's another one....

btw the punch line for the first one is WAY down at the bottom...

u did c it right?

Q: how many airstream owners does it take to remove a light bulb?

A: NONE!

if the running gear isn't balanced or the axles are bad, the bulbs fall out on their own....

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Yakman...we had the same problem the first time a light burned out...no joke! And I believe your lights are the same as in out 06 Safari SE.

You don't have to pull the entire fixture out to change the bulb. The inner-most silver ring...the one next to the glass lens (and holding it in place) will pop out...it's held in with tension. Put the edge of a sharp knife under the outer edge of that ring (being careful not to scratch anything) and carefully pry the ring out. Be careful not to drop it as is comes loose, as it holds the lens, which may come out if you're not careful.

It takes a halogen bulb...I think it's a 10 or 15 watt...you should be able to get a replacement bulb at any hardware store or Home Depot-type big box. When you replace, it be careful to not touch the new bulb with your bare fingers as the body oil will decrease its life expectancy...use a tissue or cloth. Test the light before you put the lens back in.

When you replace the lens and ring, align the notches in the part of the ring that goes in the hole with the metal bracket that you'll see inside and snap it back in place. Voilá!

Oh...before you remove the old bulb, make sure the old bulb hasn't just rattled loose...this has happened to us a few times with one particular light...

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Yackman, the light is a 10 watt halogen G4 base. Be careful not to overly torque or bend the ring that hold the glass in or it could crack part of the glass. Ask me how I know.
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Thanks to all who have helped.

Yes, the whole light assembly is on spring hinges and can be pulled downward. That will not give you access to the bulb, but would probably allow you to replace the whole light fixture if you could tilt it and pry it from the hole. As mentioned by TBrich, the access to the lightbulb is had from the innermost ring. Fingernails and grocery store keychain cards didn't do the trick. I had to use the pocket knife. A little pry on that inner ring popped it loose and then finished the job with the fingers. The bulb says 12v, 10w on it. I will be making a hardware store trip soon to pick up extras.

On a side note, the bulb we just replaced in the bathroom vanity has burned out again. Weird! I'm having flashbacks from our previous VW that used to burn out the left taillight all the time.

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Don't feel bad Yakman....we did the exact same thing when we tried to change a bulb. Right off the bat a bunch of them went out. They were kinda expensive at Home Depot...something like 6 bucks a piece....we found them on the internet for a fraction of that...I think way less than a dollar each..we bought a gross of them! Google the part. (I don't remember where I found them)
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Bummer, swego's sold out. I'll check the Depot's price tomorrow.

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Do not touch the new bulb with bare fingers. The resulting deposit will shorten bulb life considerly.
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