How to Convert Kerosene Lamps to Electric Lights


Old-style kerosene lamps are very popular with their dated look and can add character to any room. Burning kerosene lamps for an extended period of time can cause a fire, especially if left unattended. Electrical lamps on the market do not have the same style and flare as an old kerosene lamp, so most people will chose to convert the kerosene lamp to an electrical one using electrical wiring found at local hardware stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Kerosene Lamp
  • Knife or cutting blade
  • Electrical cord/wire
  • Electrical plug
  • Light socket

How to Convert a Kerosene Lamp into an Electric Lamp

  • Using an old-style kerosene lantern, remove the glass shield from the lamp. Carefully cut out the portion where the wick is held into place using a cutting blade or knife. Be sure to make the hole big enough to hold a light socket in place.

  • Cut a smaller hole in the bottom where the electrical cord can be placed coming out of the lantern. Run an electrical wire through the smaller hole and out of the larger hole where the light socket will sit.

  • Attach the electrical wire into the light socket and secure the socket into the lantern by screwing it into place. Attach the other end of the electrical wire to a plug, place a light bulb in the socket and put the glass shield back onto the lantern. Your lamp is now ready to be plugged into an outlet and used.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not wire any electrical components together while the lamp is plugged into an outlet.

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