How to Rewire Table Lamps

Eidolonai December 7, 2017

There will come a time that you will need to repair your table lamps, or even completely rewire them. If you want to extend the life of your lamp for several years, follow these quick and easy steps for effective lamp rewiring:

Step 1: Secure the tools you need

Before you begin rewiring your table lamp, you’ll need to secure the following items: table lamp rewire kit, wire strippers and electrical tape.

Step 2: Read the rewrite kit instructions

It is important that you do this very carefully before you actually begin rewiring your table lamp. The reason is that you shouldn’t assume that all rewire kits are the same. The kits can differ, so it is important that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before you begin rewiring your table lamp.

Step 3: Unplug your lamp

This step is of the utmost importance. Failing to take it could endanger your life. Unplugging your lamp just takes a few seconds, but it is definitely the most important step before you rewire your table lamp.

Step 4: Disassemble the lamp

As you do this, set down the pieces on a flat surface so you won’t lose anything. Carefully clean every nook and cranny of the lamp and dispose of the old wires.

Step 5: Strip and twist

Using a quality pair of wire strippers, strip the repair kit’s wires. Then use a clockwise movement to twist the wires’ ends together.

Step 6: Thread the wires

Okay, you’re making some progress in the rewiring of table lamps. Next, you’ll need to do some threading. First, thread the wires along the lamp’s middle tube. Then attach the socket onto the tube. Next, thread the wires along the lamp’s base.

Step 7: Attach the wires

The next step in rewriting your lamp is to attach the repair kit’s wires to the original electrical cord. Using a clockwise movement, interweave the wires together. To secure the wires further, place electrical tape around them.

Step 8: Test and check (if needed)

You’re almost there! Position a light bulb in the table lamp’s socket. Then plug in the lamp and switch it on. Put the lamp shade atop the lamp, if it turns on. But if it doesn’t, then examine the wires again and verify that you have secured them properly.

Ultimately, you will have to decide whether to replace or rewire your old table lamps. If you decide to rewire, then follow these basic steps to get it done properly.

Cody Scholberg, a lighting guru, writes for the Table Lamp Finder. Learn about caring for Tiffany lamps.

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