I've recently moved into a new apartment and found that two of the three bulbs in the bathroom vanity lighting are burnt out. The problem? I can't figure out how to actually get at the bulbs to replace them. Can you help? Images and description inside...
My new apartment has this
vanity lighting in one of it's bathrooms and the middle and right bulbs are both burnt out. Try as I might, however, I can't seem to remove the pieces surrounding the bulbs to replace them and was hoping one of you could point me in the right direction.
A closer look at the underside of each lamp is here
. As you can see, the bulb is surrounded by a small glass enclosure which is screwed into the metal on either side in two places, as better evidenced here
. I can't get at those screws to remove that enclosure.
What I have tried:
1) Turning the larger white lampshade type housing in both directions which does nothing. It's on there fairly loosely and is decorative only. It will spin but the rest of the housing remains stationary.
2) Pulling and turning the small glass enclosure surrounding the bulb in both directions to try and remove it, neither of which does a thing. It won't budge and I gave it a pretty good effort. I don't want to use even more strength for fear of breaking the lamp entirely.
3) Using pliers to attempt to unscrew both the outer ring of metal and the inner "ring" (really the pieces of metal screwed into the enclosure.) I got the outer ring to move very reluctantly, and maybe
a quarter of a turn before it stopped and would move no more on one lamp. On the other lamp, it wouldn't move at all. Couldn't get a good grip on either inner ring on either lamp and wasn't able to rotate it.
4) Going behind the lamp to unscrew it from the entire assembly (screw pictured here
) which also did nothing. Removing the screw didn't allow me to remove the lamp such that I could gain greater access to anything else.
What on Earth am I missing here? I feel like it's something completely obvious, but two other fairly handy people I know also took a look and were stumped. Unfortunately, I don't know the manufacturer of the lighting to locate assembly instructions, and neither does my landlord (who lives in a another state anyway.)
Can the genius that it the AskMeFi collective help an idiot like me out? Thanks!