How to Replace a Light Socket in a Swag Lamp


Of all of the various home repair projects, nothing scares homeowners more than those involving electricity. Electrical repairs are not difficult as long as you follow the proper safety precautions. One of the easiest electrical projects is replacing an electrical socket in a hanging swag lamp. In fact, this project is so easy that you usually don't even need to take the light fixture down to do it. The best news is that a replacement light socket is extremely inexpensive versus the cost of hiring an electrician to replace it for you.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • New light socket
  • Turn off the electricity to the light fixture by flipping the switch in the main fuse box. The best way to ensure that you turn off the correct electrical fuse is to turn the light on, and then flip the fuse. If the light goes off, you have turned off the correct fuse.

  • Unscrew the light bulb, and remove the light shade or glass fixture from the socket you are repairing.

  • Using a screwdriver, disconnect the light socket from the lamp by removing the mounting screw(s). The main mounting screw is usually located on the inside bottom of the socket where the light bulb sits. The light fixture will detach from the lamp but will still be connected by the electrical wires.

  • Disconnect the wires attached to the light socket to completely detach the socket from the lamp.

  • Use a screw driver to attach the white and black lamp wires to the new light socket. The locations to attach each wire vary by socket design and are indicated on the instructions for the light socket.

  • Attach the socket to the lamp by inserting the mounting screw(s) that came with the new socket.

  • Insert a light bulb, replace the lamp shade and turn the electricity back on at the fuse box.

Tips & Warnings

  • Plan on doing this project in the middle of the day when there is a lot of sunlight. Depending on the location of the light in your home, when you turn off the fuse it may turn off the surrounding lights as well, making it difficult to see.

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