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How to fix a lamp socket


Step 1. With the lamp unplugged, the shade off, and the bulb out, you can remove the socket. Squeeze the outer shell of the socket just above the base and pull the shell out of the base (the shell is often marked “Press” at some point along its perimeter. Press there and then pull).

 

Step 3. With the shell and insulation set aside, pull the socket away from the lamp (it will still be connected to the cord.
 
Look at the two screws on the sides of the socket One half of the cord should be connect ed securely to each. If the screws are loose or if either of the wires is unattached, you’ve found the problem. Reconnect the ends of the cord and tight en the screws. But if the connections seem sound, then you’ll need to continue by unscrewing the two screws to disconnect the socket.

 

Step 2. Under the outer shell, you’ll find a card board insulating sleeve. Pull this off and you’ll reveal the socket attached to the end of the cord.

 

WHAT IF...?

What if my lamp is old and the shell is held in place by screws?

Some older lamps may have an outer shell held together with small screws. Simply undo the screws, remove the outer shell, and proceed as described here.
 

 

 

 

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