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Below Are Diagrams That Show How-To Rewire Different Types of Lamps and Lighting for Home Repair Project


Basic Light Socket


When attaching the new cord to a Standard 2 Terminal Socket, make certain that the "hot" wire (which is usually black or red) is connected to the brass colored terminal post (brass colored screw head) on the socket. Also, make certain that the "neutral" wire (which is usually white or has a white stripe) is connected to the silver terminal post (silver colored screw head) on the socket. Cords that are the same color will usually have a ribbed indentation on the "neutral leg" of the  cord.

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Gone-With-The-Wind Style Lamp

     The wiring of a Gone-With-the-Wind Style Lamp is done with a special socket known as a 3 Terminal Socket. (3 screws for connecting wires instead of two.) This socket allows the top and bottom light to be on at the same time or work independently.

If you are completely replacing all electrical components in this type of lamp you will need 3 things:

1. A 3 Terminal Socket

2. A New Lamp Cord

3. A Candelabra Socket with Clips

   The first step in this rewiring project is to take the ends of the New Lamp Cord and the (black and white) ends of the Candelabra Socket with Clips and insert them together into the bottom center threaded rod of the lamp until they both come out of the top of the rod. (You may want to pull the black and white wires of the candelabra socket until there's just enough cord at the bottom to place the socket into the 1" diameter hole in the base of the lamp. Then cut the excess wire of the candelabra socket so that it is even with the new lamp cord. This will prevent you from having an excessive amount of cord left over at the bottom of your lamp.) Insert the wires from the new lamp cord and the candelabra socket through the silver threaded base of the 3 terminal socket.  Next, connect the black wire from the candelabra socket to the black terminal post. (black screw on the socket) Then, take the neutral wires from both the new lamp cord (which will be ribbed) and the candelabra socket (which will be white) and connect them both to the silver terminal post. Finally, connect the hot, smooth wire from the new lamp cord to the brass terminal post. Now that the wiring is complete, pull the cords from the bottom of the lamp so that the silver threaded part at the bottom of the 3 terminal socket touches the top of the threaded rod and screw into place. While screwing the socket in place, you will need to turn the cords coming out of the bottom of the lamp in the some direction so that they don't get twisted inside of the rod.

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3 Arm Floor Lamp With Center Light

A 3 Arm Floor Lamp with a center light has 13 wires (including the incoming cord, the socket at the top, the 3 side arm sockets and the 3-way switch) that all come together in one main cluster. Knowing how they all connect can mean the difference between success and disaster.

However, this wiring project is not nearly as complicated as it might seem, as long as you follow 4 simple steps.

First, connect the blue wire from the 3-way switch to the black (hot) wires from any 2 of the side arm sockets.

Next, connect the red wire from the 3-way switch to the black (hot) wire of the remaining side arm socket.

Third, Connect the black (hot) wire from the 3-way switch to the hot (smooth, not ribbed) wire of the incoming lamp cord and to the black (hot) wire from the main center socket. (In many older floor lamps this center socket will be an over sized Mogul Socket.)

Finely, Connect all remaining wires, which will be the ribbed or white neutral wires from the incoming lamp cord, the 3 side arm sockets and the main center socket.

Click HERE for a complete Rewiring Kit for a 3-Arm Floor Lamp with a center bulb.