LAMP WIRING TUTORIAL

****MAKE SURE NOTHING IS PLUGGED IN TO AN ELECTRICAL SOCKET WHILE WORKING ON A LAMP!**
I have a serious love affair with lamps. There is something about them, lit at night, that just says “cozy” to me. I have a hard time passing them up and most of the time, I don’t. If I don’t buy them to restore them, I buy them for parts. Even the most hideous of lamps that you can find at yard sales for a few bucks have 20.00 or more in lamp parts. I use them for cords, harps, finials, sockets and adapters. Most people pass up the ones that need a little love and the sellers are willing to part with them for a few dollars. This is a lamp I bought for 3 dollars. It worked fine when I bought it, but the wire was old and had been repaired with electrical tape making it unsellable. I fell in love with the candlestick shape. And the claw foot feet! Aren’t they great?  The metal already had that perfect oil rubbed bronze patina and all I had to do was clean it.  I found the shade at a yard sale as well, new in the package for 1.00 and it still had the plastic on it.

 


 
So here is what I did in picture form……
 
 
 
Okay…I should have used a comma while editing this picture. You first pull up on the socket and then you loosen the screws. Remove the wire from around the screws and place the socket with your other lamp parts.




 
Somehow, I lost step 6…I can’t even find it in my photos. So step 6, you run the wire up through the bottom and out the top of the lamp….. If any of you get confused here, let me know and I will try to snap another photo with another lamp to replace it.



When you start to replace the socket, you will more than likely have to pull the slack down from the bottom to get it to snap into place.

 

If any of you try this out and you have success, please link up your finished projects on Restored It Wednesday so I can see them!

Comments

  1. AWESOME tutorial! Great job and pictures, I have always wondered how to do this… this is great!

  2. AWESOME tutorial! Great job and pictures, I have always wondered how to do this… this is great!

  3. Thanks for the tutorial!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  4. Thanks for the tutorial!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  5. Perfect tutorial Kelli…I actually never thought of picking up the cheapo lamps for parts. Thanks for the suggestion…

    Take care,
    Lisa

  6. Perfect tutorial Kelli…I actually never thought of picking up the cheapo lamps for parts. Thanks for the suggestion…

    Take care,
    Lisa

  7. I fixed two lamps and feel very proud of myself!! They are like new!

  8. Well… This new wire? Does it come with a plug attached to the bottom of the wire? I’ve never done this, nor thought about it. But having several lamps I love, which don’t work, this seems like magic. Thanks for the info!

  9. I was wondering the same, since that step also seems to be missing. I found this site via an internet search to see if it is indeed possible to use an extension cord as a new lamp cord, by removing the female end and exposing the wires. I’ve been told by amateur hobbyists that it’s possible, but still looking for a more professional (or at least “I’ve done that”) opinion.

  10. Queene Greene says:

    Maybe it’s me…Iam I missing on WHERE TO BUY, WHAT KIND (wire markings) and any other small details you may need regarding the replacement wiring. Can’t seem to find that step in your instructions. Help?

  11. Excellent tutorial! Now can you show us how to make a lamp? I love them too!

  12. Thanks to you and your awesome picture tutorial, I just re-wired a lamp using another lamp I already had on hand that I wasn’t using. Following your instructions, the whole process took less than 5 min!

  13. Hi Kelli,I need to wire several lamps and didn’t realize it wasn’t rocket science 🙂 I have an idea to make it a little easier: before you pull out the old wire, tape the new wire(cord) to the old wire (after cutting off the plug) and pull the old cord thru the top and the new cord will easily be thru the lamp without having to feed it up through.

  14. I too am wondering about what kind of replacement cord to get. Do they sell them with plugs already attached? Details on the cord/wire would be helpful.

  15. Cindy Luby says:

    I was wondering the same thing on the wiring part. …lc

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