Tuesday, February 14, 2017

5 Steps To Replace A Lamp Socket

Most traditional table lamps have an Edison Style (E26) socket. Here are five simple steps to replace an old socket. Make sure to unplug your lamp!

Step 1: Remove The Harp

Pull up on the locking couplings and squeeze the base of the harp.

Step 2: Remove The Old Socket

Using a flat head screwdriver, apply pressure to the socket shell (top) where the socket is labeled PRESS.

Lift socket shell from socket cap.

Unscrew the cord from the socket interior.

Unscrew and remove the socket cap from the lamp body.

Step 3: Install New Socket

Place new socket cap on threaded rod of lamp body.

Tie a UL Knot in the lamp cord and attach new socket interior to the lamp cord. For polarity, the smooth cord attaches to the brass screw and the ribbed cord attaches to the nickel screw.

Pull the cord slack back down the lamp to seat the socket interior in the cap. Slide the new socket shell over the interior.

Aline turn knob in center of harp base and snap shell into socket cap.

Step 4: Replace Harp To Harp Base. 

Squeeze base of harp and lock into the harp base. 

Step 5: Test Lamp

Using a bulb you know to work; screw bulb in socket, plug cord in outlet, turn lamp on and off by rotating plastic knob. 

Congratulations! You did it.


  1. This is the fourth article I have read on this and by far the clearest. The photographs are a great help!

  2. I have searched and searched but can’t seem to find how to open a socket that has tabs locking it on. Not the black plastic that have a release inside but a metal pendant light holder that appears to be some tamper proof model

  3. A great BIG thank you! I needed to remove a socket cap from the shell in a brand new kit to repair my grandma's lamp, without mangaling it, and your instructions were the first I found. Voila! Easy. Yay!

  4. Thank you very much! The pictures are great!

  5. This is THE BEST tutorial for this task. Now I am happy to do it myself, knowing I can do it right. Your steps were perfectly clear. Thanks so very much to Antique Lamp Supply! - Lisa