How to Rewire a Lamp
- wire cutter
- lamp rewiring kit, containing socket, cord and plug
Remove Old Socket
Before starting, make sure lamp is not plugged in. Use the screwdriver to press the sleeve of the socket out. If the socket has a "press here" inscription, press your thumb on the inscription and lift the sleeve off.
Cut Old Wires
Pull the socket up and use the wire cutter to cut/disconnect the old wires. Flip lamp over and unscrew nut on bottom of lamp base. Pull thread up and remove old socket. Pull the cord out of the bottom of the fixture.
Install New Lamp Cord
Feed the new cord from the lamp kit through the hole in the bottom of the lamp until it comes out at the top, and attach new socket.
Split the Wires and Knot Cords
Using the wire cutters, split top 2" of wires by cutting along the groove. Use the wire cutter to remove approximately 1/2" of the insulation from each wire. Tie the split cords using an underwriter's knot by making a loop with each wire, then feeding the opposite color wire through each loop to create a figure eight. Note: Check the lamp kit's instructions for an illustration.
Check Ends of Lamp Wires
Using the wire cutters, split wires by cutting along the groove. Use the wire cutter to remove approximately an inch of the insulation from each wire. Tie the split cords using an underwriter's knot. Make a loop with each wire and then feed the opposite color wire through each loop to create a figure eight. Note: Check the lamp kit's instructions for an illustration.
Use the screwdriver to loosen the screws on either side of the new socket — brass for hot, silver for neutral. Wrap the hot exposed wire (check lamp kit instructions to determine which wire is hot) around the brass screw on the socket. Wrap the other wire around the silver (neutral) screw and use the screwdriver to tighten the screws and hold the wires in place.
Snap Sleeve On and Test
Slide the sleeve back on the socket until it snaps into place. Test the wire by plugging it into an outlet.