How to Make Your Own Lamp Socket

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Make your own electrical light bulb socket with some basic materials.
Make your own electrical light bulb socket with some basic materials. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Lamp sockets were first constructed as a way to connect the conducting wires of an electrical lamp to the light bulb. Now, they are an indispensable part of any lighting fixture, providing the light you need to see your television, read your books and do other things around your home or business when the bulbs are properly screwed in to them.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood binding post
  • Flat surface
  • Small screws
  • Hammer
  • Super glue
  • Copper metal base
  • Popsicle stick
  • Brass spring wire
  • Miniature lamp socket
  • Wire cutters

Place a wood binding post on a flat surface, such as a wooden table.

Tap in one screw to one side of the post with the hammer, and tap in another screw that is equally far apart from the first one on the other side of the post.

Apply super glue to the bottom of the copper metal base with the popsicle stick; attach the base to the post between the two screws that you tapped in.

Tie enough brass spring wire around the miniature lamp socket to cover its grooves; run enough wire out on both sides to tie around the screws, and cut off the ends with the wire cutters.

Tie the right brass wire end to the right screw, and tie the left brass wire end to the left screw. Touch the end of the socket to the copper to finish.

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