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How to Change light bulb (yes, really...)

I am your great grandmothers age. Need to change light bulb in Hampton Bay ceiling fan Model 04890. HELP please! How????

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  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2008

    I just broke my glass globe to bits trying to get it off. It is supposed to twist off but after an hour of screwing with it, it broke into several large shards of falling glass. Be careful!

  • Anonymous Mar 08, 2008

    The globe is smooth all the way around; no screw or nut at bottom. No set screws. Housing and light are all one unit and the light bulbs are totally sealed. Tried unscrewing whole unit, tried lifting the glass to rotate it up and out, tried pushing and pulling every imaginable part.

  • soose Jun 03, 2008

    I just received a replacement globe for my Sidewinder and cannot figure out how to attach it. The ceiling fan/light is fully installed except for the cover (globe). There must be a trick to it...but, I haven't a clue what it is. Can someone help?

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    I have a hampton fan and i need to change the bulbs but i cant take the center out. it has a flat glass bowl and on the side are a solid rail on the side. How ever its shows to turn to open and i have but it wont budge

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2009

    I can not take the cover off from the hampton bay fan. Can you help me!!!

  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2009

    where do you buy the replacement fixtures for the bulbs with no set screws on a hampton bay ceiling fan with remote

  • kwframpton
    kwframpton Mar 28, 2013

    I also broke glass. Where do I find replacement?



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If yours is the same as the model 04890 that I looked up on the net, you will unscrew the center nut of the light fixture being carefull to not let the fixture drop to the floor. Once you have the center piece off you will be able to unscrew the bulbs and install new ones. Be carefull and be sure power is off before you do this.

Posted on Feb 09, 2008


Finally, we got it. As some of these solutions suggest, the trick is to hold the metal rim while turning the glass globe to the left. It took two of us, one holding the rim and the other turning, but voila, there it is.

Posted on Mar 23, 2008


I just helped a friend with this problem last night. There is no center nut to unscrew on these whole glass globe models. You have to push up slightly on the glass with a small bit pressure while you hold the metal housing directly above that the glass is attached.

Then you turn the glass globe approximately 120 degrees counter clockwise as you are looking up at the fan from below it. There are three metal impressions located at 120 degree increments that the globe uses to hold it in place and lock-in. Too much pressure and that thin glass will shatter. We put some white grease on the globe rim before reinstalling it to help it not be so hard to twist off next time.

Posted on Mar 05, 2008

I just broke my glass globe to bits trying to get it off. It is supposed to twist off but after an hour of screwing with it, it broke into several large shards of falling glass. Be careful!

Posted on Mar 02, 2008

I have this fan and just changed the light bulb. There are no screws or nuts to unscrew. You turn the light fixture itself, counter clockwise. I found that mine stuck a bit and recommend holding the nickel folds holding the glass fixture and not the glass itself. The whole bottom piece should turn and come off.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

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