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Question DetailsAsked on 8/28/2015

How do I replace a broken lamp socket?

The switch is broken on the socket of my my ginger jar lamp that I've had since 1989.

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Professionally - find an Appliance Repair - Smalll shop locally, which repairs small appliances, lamps, etc. Though unless higher end or an antique, repair will likely cost more than it would cost to just replace it.

If an in-line rocker type switch in the middle of the cord, unplug, unscrew the center screw of the switch (paying to which wire is cut or pierced by the prongs), remove switch, get similar or longer (NOT shorter) replacement (with same type prongs or internal screw connectors) at electrical parts store, home improvement store, lighting store. Put back together connecting or prong-impaling the cut wire - the live or black wire in the cord.

Pretty easy DOY job if you have at least a bare minimum of wiring experience - usually, (when unplugged of course), you just remove the shade, undo the nut at the base of the socket that fastens it to the lamp, remove the wires (note which color screw each wire is going to - generally (but not always, especially with imported junk which commonly does not adhere to code) brass or black screw holds black (live) wire, silver or white the white wire, and green the bare or green ground wire. Then take the socket to above listed type of store to get matching type and size replacement, and put back together, being sure to not leave any stray strangs or long ends of wires sticking out where they can contact metal or other parts.

Sometimes a lighting store (a local non-chain store specializing in lighting) will help people without electrical skills replace bad light sockets - or have repair searvices there. Call around a bit.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD


I thought one of your questions mentioned breaking the knob - but can't find it. Anyway, if only the knob is broken you can usually pull (friction or spline fit) or counterclockwise unscrew it from the shaft, take to an electronics parts store (I would say Radio Shack if it was still around) or electrical or lighting supply house and get a replacement that fits. Knob cost about $0.50 - driving around - a couple of hours of frustration unless you find an electronics supply house. Oh - BTW - many stereo and electronics stores that cater to DIY home theater people and such also carry that type of part - places like Fry's for instance. Many box stores also have a SMALL parts supply of bagged knobs and such in hardware, lighting, or electronics section.

If the lamp is not inordinately fragile or heavy, probably best to take with you to match the knob to the exact shaft diameter.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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