Thursday, May 14, 2015

White Bridge Arm Floor Lamp Rewired and Repaired

A customer brought in this bridge arm floor lamp the other day and wanted it to be rewired. It had recently received a fresh coat of paint and the lamp cord was cut at the base. The lamp parts needed to rewire this lamp are a new lamp cord. Note: We tested the socket and determined it was good to reuse. Things should only be tossed, canned, replaced for a reason.

The first thing we need to do is take the bridge arm off the lamp. This lamp has two swivels: one on each end of the lamp arm.

Then we remove the socket key, socket shell, and the swivel on the other end of the arm.

The lamp did not have a plug, but there was an old cord in the body of the lamp. We are going to use the old cord to pull our new cord through the lamp. First we strip the old cord and solder our new cord to the old one. TIP: Lay a lamp like this on a table top so you can stand up while you work on it.

With a good solder, we pull the new cord up the lamp tube to the first swivel. Then cut it from the old lead wire.

Then we push the new cord through the arm to the next swivel.

With the new lamp cord at the top swivel, we pull enough slack to wire the lamp socket to the lamp cord. The ends are stripped and attached to the socket interior. The smooth wire connects to the brass screw and the ribbed wire connects to the nickel screw. The socket shell snaps into the socket cap.

With the new socket back together, the top swivel gets put back in place. The cord slack is pulled back through the lamp.

The second swivel is put into position and the rest of the cord slack is pulled from the base.

Add a bulb. Plug it in. Done.

Total Time < 30 minutes Total Cost < $15.00

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