Rewiring a lamp like I did in my last post seems quite intimidating, but in reality it’s rather simple. All you need is a few supplies and some tools, and in very little time you’ll have a lamp that will illuminate your space without the worry of old wiring.
And here are the steps I took:
1. This is the most important – unplug your lamp (This is rather obvious, but I’m going to state it anyway). You’ll then remove the shade and bulb.
3. In my case I was replacing the post to make the lamp slightly shorter. Once I’d reassembled my lamp, I threaded the new electrical wire through the pipe, and left enough wire at the top to work with.
5. Split the wire down the middle, and tie and underwriter’s knot in the wire. This will prevent the wire from accidentally being pulled out of the lamp.
6. At this point you’ll use your wire clippers to remove some of the protective sheathing from the wire. You’ll need to expose about 1/2″ from both wires. These exposed wires will be wrapped around the screws on the socket.
7. You’ll need to use your fingers to feel both sides of the wire sheathing. One side will be smooth, and one side will have some ridges on the wire. It’s important to know which side is which as the smooth wire is the ‘hot’ or positive wire, and will be attached to the brass screw on the new socket. The ridged wire is the neutral wire, and will be attached to the silver screw. To attach the wires to the screws, form a hook shape with the wire and loop it over the screw in a clockwise direction. The wire should just circle the screw once with the wires insulation resting against the screw. Tighten the screw to hold the wire in place.