How to Repair a Lamp with a Lamp Kit


Do you have a beautiful lamp but it just isn't fit to use anymore? Maybe the cord is frayed or the plug is outdated, or perhaps some wiring has come loose somewhere and it just won't work. There's no need to toss the lamp. You can purchase lamp kits that allow you to replace the electrical parts of your favorite lamps on your own.

Gather Your Supplies

The simplest way to repair a lamp is to purchase a lamp repair kit. These include the new cord, plug and socket. For simplicity, select a kit that has the plug already attached to the cord. All you need to supply are the tools. Fortunately, these are just basic tools. A set of screw drivers and wire cutters are generally all you need.

Getting Started

Begin by unplugging the lamp and removing the light bulb. You don't want to end up dealing with broken glass or chance an electric shock. Also, remove the lamp shade and set it aside.

Your next step is to gut the lamp. Inspect the socket to see if it is held in with any screws or if it is just pressure fit into place. Some sockets are held in place with a ring that screws in around it, holding the socket in place like a vice. Once you figure out how it is attached, slide it out of the lamp.

The next part depends on the lamp's design. You may be able to slide out the socket, cord, and plug, leaving them all attached, if the lamp base is wide enough to allow the plug to pass. If not, cut off the plug with your wire cutters, and then slide the cord out of the lamp. Discard these old parts.

Putting It Back Together

Now comes the fun part! Insert the cord into the lamp, threading it up the lamp base so that the bare wires are positioned at the socket. Next, attach the wires to the socket, using the screws on the underside of the socket. You may need to strip ½ inch of insulation from the end of each wire first.

Attach the neutral wire first, connecting it to the silver screw. Neutral wires usually have a stripe or a ridge on them to distinguish them from the other wire. Wrap the bare wire around the screw or insert it beneath the screw, and then tighten the screw. Repeat with the other wire on the other screw.

Then, just reassert and screw in the socket to your lamp base. Add a bulb and a shade before plugging in the lamp and testing out the new hardware. For assistance, consult an electrician.


28 July 2015

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