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How do i fix the light bulb inside, because there are some screws that require a special toll but i can not find this tool

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You can usually remove anti-tamper screws using a T20H Torx type or GTXH20-100 screwdriver.

If the correct tool is not available, there are several ways to remove the screws:


- Use a hammer and a small punch or similar tool to knock out the middle post of the screw, then use a standard T20 Torx bit to remove the screws. (Use safety glasses).

- Insert a small flat-bladed screwdriver (such as a jeweler’s type) into the slot between the post and the edge, tap the screwdriver firmly with a hammer to loosen the screw, grip the screwdriver with pliers, and remove the screw.

- Use a hacksaw or Dremel tool to cut a slot in the head of the screw, then use a flat-bladed screwdriver to remove the screws. (Use safety glasses).

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Many models use halogen lamps. You must not touch the new one with your bare skin, as the oils will shorten the bulb life.

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