How to Remove a Lamp Shade from Ceiling Light: A Step-by-Step Guide

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If you’re looking to change the lamp shade on your ceiling light, it’s important to know how to safely remove it without causing any damage. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of removing a lamp shade from a ceiling light fixture.

What You Will Need:

  • Ladder or step stool
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers (optional)

Step 1 – Turn Off the Power

Before attempting to remove the lamp shade, make sure to turn off power at the circuit breaker or fuse box for safety.

Step 2 – Locate Screws or Clips

Most ceiling lights will have screws or clips holding the lamp shade in place. Look for these fasteners around the edge of the lampshade and use a screwdriver if needed.

Step 3 – Unscrew or Unclip Fasteners

Once you’ve located the screws/clips, gently unscrew them counterclockwise with a screwdriver until they loosen enough. If clips hold your ceiling light shade in place, carefully press inwards while pulling down until they unlatch fully so that you can remove it quickly and easily.

Pro tip: To prevent damaging paintwork when using mechanical tools during lamp shade removals; consider wrapping pliers tips with tape before use which adds an additional layer of protection against scratches.

Step 4 – Set Aside Old Lamp Shade

After removing your old ceiling light’s coverings, safely set aside old glass shades out of reach from kids and pets who may become curious about them!

Note: Before installing new covers onto fittings remember always ensuring there are no loose fitting parts remaining after installation is complete. Otherwise it can lead both potential damages being caused by yourself as well as failing health & Safety compliance regulations too!

Tips for Installing New Lamp Shades:

  • Carefully check the new lamp shade for any cracks or damages before installation.
  • Match the size and shape of your new lamp shade to your fixture.
  • Replace screws and clips securely to ensure a safe and sturdy fit.


Removing a lamp shade from a ceiling light can feel like an intimidating task, but with this step-by-step guide, you’ll be able to do it safely and easily. Remember always to turn off power at the circuit breaker/fuse box before working on electrical fixtures. If you’re unsure about anything we’ve covered in our guide or have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to contact Rodec Lighting’s expert team for assistance.

By following these steps when removing your old ceiling lights’ covering parts carefully & installing new covers securely; you should experience no issues throughout its lifetime usage! Good luck with replacing those shades today!


Q: How do I remove a lamp shade that is attached with screws?
A: To remove a lamp shade that is attached with screws, first, turn off the power supply to the ceiling light. Then, using a screwdriver or drill bit, carefully loosen and remove the screws holding the shade in place. Once all screws are removed, gently lift and slide the shade off of its bracket.

Q: Can I remove a lamp shade without removing the entire light fixture?
A: Yes! Most lamp shades simply clip onto their corresponding fixtures and can be removed by gently pressing on them while pulling downwards. Some may have small set screws on either side of the bulb socket that need loosening before removal.

Q: What do I do if my lamp shade won’t come off after following these steps?
A: If your lampshade still won’t budge after following these steps, there may be residual adhesive or other obstructions preventing it from being easily removed. Try using a hairdryer on low heat to warm up any adhesive and make it easier to pull apart or use rubbing alcohol around the base where it meets your fixture as this will help break down any stubborn build-up clinging onto your glass/light cover surface area ; alternatively; consult an electrician or lighting professional for assistance in safely removing your shade from its fixture.