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How to rewire a lamp

Have you ever looked at a lamp and thought, “I could totally rewire that”? Well, it’s not as difficult as you might think. With a few simple tools and some basic instructions, you can rewire a lamp in no time. In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of rewiring a lamp step by step. We will also provide some tips on troubleshooting along the way. So whether you’re looking to save some money or just want to try your hand at a new DIY project, read on to learn how to rewire a lamp like a pro!

Gather your supplies

Before you begin rewiring your lamp, you will need to gather a few supplies. You will need a new light bulb, a screwdriver, wire cutters, and electrical tape. You may also need a ladder if your lamp is tall. Once you have gathered your supplies, you are ready to begin!

Take the lamp apart

To take the lamp apart, you will need a screwdriver. Unscrew the base of the lamp to remove the bulb. Then, unscrew the socket to remove the cord. Finally, unscrew the harp to remove the shade.

Identify the problem

When you have a lamp that isn’t working, the first step is to identify the problem. Is the lamp plugged in? If so, check to see if the socket is working by plugging in another device. If the socket is not working, then you will need to replace it. If the socket is working, then check to see if there is power going to the socket by testing it with a voltmeter. If there is no power going to the socket, then you will need to find and fix the issue with the wiring.

rewire a lamp
rewire a lamp

Fix the problem

Fix the problem:

If your lamp is not working, the first thing you should do is check the bulb. If the bulb is burned out, replace it with a new one. If the bulb is not burned out, check to see if the socket is loose. If the socket is loose, tighten it with a screwdriver. If the socket is tight, check to see if the wires are loose. If the wires are loose, twist them together clockwise and then screw on a wire nut.

Put the lamp back together

Assuming you have all of the necessary parts and tools, follow these steps to rewire a lamp:

1. Unscrew the lamp’s socket from the base.

2. Using a wire cutter, strip about ½ inch of insulation from the end of each wire.

3. Connect the black (hot) wire to one of the brass terminals on the socket, and connect the white (neutral) wire to the other brass terminal.

4. Screw the socket back into the base, and screw in a light bulb.

5. Test the lamp by turning it on at the wall switch. If it doesn’t work, check your connections and make sure that all wires are securely connected to their terminals.

Enjoy your newly fixed lamp!

Assuming you have followed the previous steps and have successfully rewired your lamp, it is now time to enjoy your newly fixed lamp! Make sure to turn off the power before testing out your new wiring by flipping the switch on the wall socket. Once you have confirmed that the power is off, go ahead and screw in your new light bulb (if necessary) and turn on the power by flipping the switch back on. If everything was done correctly, your lamp should now be working properly!

Gather your materials

Before you begin rewiring your lamp, you will need to gather a few materials. You will need a new light socket, new wire, and pliers. You may also need a screwdriver, depending on the type of lamp you have. Once you have gathered your materials, you are ready to begin!

Remove the lampshade

To remove the lampshade, first unscrew the finial at the top of the shade. Then, holding the shade at its top edge, slide the metal washer and ring down the lampshade’s sleeve until they are about halfway down. Finally, wiggle the shade off of the socket.

Unscrew the light bulb

To unscrew the light bulb, you will need a Phillips head screwdriver. Start by unscrewing the two screws that hold the socket in place. Once the screws are removed, gently pull the socket out of the lamp base. Next, twist the light bulb counterclockwise to unscrew it from the socket. Finally, remove the light bulb from the socket and dispose of it properly.

Twist the wires around the new light bulb

1. Unscrew the lamp shade and remove the light bulb.

2. Unscrew the wire cap from the old light bulb and twist the wires around the new light bulb.

3. Screw the wire cap back onto the new light bulb.

4. screw the lamp shade back onto the lamp.

Screw in the new light bulb

If your lamp is missing a light bulb or the current one has burnt out, you’ll need to screw in a new light bulb. Here’s how:

1. Start by unscrewing the old light bulb from the socket. Be careful not to touch the glass part of the bulb with your bare hands, as this can cause it to break.

2. Next, screw in the new light bulb. Make sure that it is screwed in tight so that it doesn’t come loose and fall out.

3. Finally, turn on the power to the lamp and test out the new light bulb. If it doesn’t work, try screwing it in tighter or replacing it with another light bulb.

rewire a lamp
rewire a lamp

Reattach the lampshade

Start by reattaching the lampshade. Unscrew the holding ring at the top of the shade and screw it back on. Make sure it is tight so that the shade will not fall off.

If the cord is frayed or damaged, you will need to replace it. Cut off the old cord about 2 inches from where it enters the base of the lamp. Strip away ½ inch of insulation from the end of the new cord using wire strippers. Wrap this around one of the exposed wires inside the base of the lamp, and twist to secure. Repeat with the other wire.

Now screw in a new light bulb (preferably an LED for energy efficiency). Be careful not to touch it with your bare hands, as oils from your skin can shorten its lifespan. Finally, turn on your power strip or plug your lamp back into the wall outlet and give it a test run!


Rewiring a lamp is not as difficult as it may seem. With a few simple tools and some careful patience, you can easily give your old lamp a new lease on life. Be sure to follow the instructions in this article carefully, and always err on the side of caution when working with electricity. If you have any doubts, it’s always best to consult a professional electrician.


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