On Monday, I shared with you this chunky lamp transformation. Today we’ll start from scratch and wire the lamp socket.
Since I’d pulled the old wires and guts out last year, I started with a clean slate from a packaged socket kit from Lowe’s.
To begin, run the wires through the hole that’s through the back side of the base.
Sometimes lamps have a stand, and the wire goes through the bottom center, like this one shown in this post.
Run the wire through the threaded rod that travels up the center of the lamp. (Note: lamp cord should remain unplugged from an electrical outlet until wiring is complete.)
Bring several inches out the top end of the lamp. Place the lamp harp base over the cord and stem. (Remove the harp part for now because it really gets in the way.)
Separate the socket into three pieces. Everything should pull apart easily by hand.
Run the small end over the cord and tighten over the threaded post. You might need to add washers if it doesn’t screw all the way to the bottom of the post..
Pull the cord sections apart about three inches down the length of it. The tips come out of the package already stripped of the wire coating. If yours isn’t stripped, carefully use an exacto knife to achieve the same thing.
Tie a knot in the wires.
From the base of the lamp, pull the wiring taught so the knot rests in the bottom of the socket.
I could go on and on with explanation about avoiding shock from wrong wiring, but the important thing to know here is which wire has the ribs along the length of it. When you feel both wires, you’ll find that one has ridges and one is smooth.
Wrap the ribbed wire tip around the silver screw. (Unscrew it a little, wrap the exposed tip around it, then screw it down again.)
So, let’s review: ribbed wire around the silver screw.
Then wrap the smooth wire around the gold screw (loosened and tightened like before).
Once the wires are securely attached, push the socket into the base as you avoid pinching the wires. See the cardboard lining there? That should be in place, too.
Press firmly. If it feels loose at all, lightly crimp the dimpled area of the base with large pliers. You want a nice, snug fit.
Now you’re ready to plug the cord into an outlet, screw in a bulb, and check your work.
Testing 1, 2, 3…voila!
That was pretty easy, wasn’t it?
When dealing with electrical things, I don’t always trust what I read on the internet. HH’s brother gave us an older edition of this book for Christmas many years ago. This book* is ALWAYS my handy-woman (wink) resource for all things electrical.
Don’t worry. It doesn’t hurt my feelings if you don’t trust what I say. Relying on the experts with electrical matters means you are cautious and wise!
I have another lamp re-wiring technique to show you this week. Remember this lamp? Rather than painting it, I decided to change the vase-type base.
I’ve changed the lamp base by dismantling the existing lamp connections and re-wiring everything to the new base in this post.
Does this give you more confidence for wiring your lamps?
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I’m sharing this post at Metamorphosis Monday.