How do I get this open? I've tried pinching, twisting and pulling. I don't
want to break it... does anyone know a technique?
There's a small notch under the sticker. Tried prying it open using a
screwdriver but it just seemed to stress the plastic to the point of snapping.
To the best of my knowledge the residential light fixture that by
design requires a tool to access the bulb/s does not exist.
"If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be fixed anyway."
There are probably metal fingers holding a flange at the top of the plastic
diffuser. Try pressing the plastic in at the top edge (where the plastic
meets the black frame) halfway between the corners. Press gently so the
plastic gives a little while pulling down gently. There may be just two
fingers, so push the plastic on opposite sides and try the alternate
opposite sides if it doesn't come loose the first time.
Don't pry, but PUSH through the notch while PULLING down on the lens.
There will be a small hooked tab in the lens above the notch. This hooked
tab must be temporarily pushed out of the way of its receiving recess in
the body while pulling down on the lens. There will be more than one of
these, so once you've pushed/pulled on that notch, continue to apply
downwards pressure on the lens as you push inside the OTHER notches, until
the lens starts to come free.
This method of construction is extremely common in consumer electronics,
and in other injection-molded products. It's annoying and fragile, but
we're stuck with it because that's the way they do it these days.
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