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Friday, April 17, 2015

The Lamp

 So, I have had this lamp for a few years...yes I admit it, I have been avoiding it. It needs re-wired and it needs to have a new socket installed. But I keep it because, look, really, who doesn't love this 1950's look!! The shade and the fabulous ceramic base decoration. Love it!
 But here's the problem...see this light bulb? It has this HUGE base...google told me it's called a mogul base. Ha--educational blogging....
 And look at this 100-200-300WATTS_DANG!!!! Now that's a three way bulb! But in today's world of energy conservation I really need to have a regular bulb in this lamp.
So off to work I go....This lamp was at my Sister's house, and this lamp lived with my Grandparents for years-heck they might have bought it! Anyways, Grampa or someone back in the day re-wired this lamp too I think. So I cut the cord and get the thing loosened up-it's pretty tight into the heavy base.
 Now the top part is loose enough so I can get in there  and pull out the socket.
 This is a porcelain socket and it's in good shape-no chips or cracks so I'm going to keep it in there. 
 I get the wires disconnected and then twist on my new cord and secure it with a wrap of tape and pull the new wire through the base and out the top. Easy peasy!
 I took a lot of pictures because I thought I'd need help remembering how to re assemble the socket. It will only go together one way so I need to get it in the right order.
 SO yes, of course, I had to do it twice-I kept leaving off a part! See here-I forgot to put the brass covering cup on the wire FIRST! DUH!! Anyways, I got it all back together. Nice and snug and not wobbly at all! YAY! But here's the awesome part. I didn't have to do anything special to make a regular bulb fit in there. I just put in one of these...

It's an adapter! So Easy, just screw it in and TA_DA! See it in there? I got one at my local Ace Hardware store-it was about $6.
 So now the lamp works great! I put in a new bulb-energy efficient- and this beautiful old lamp is back in use!
 The brass is kind o a mess. I washed it but the finish is just gone. Maybe I'll paint it...I better think about that awhile!

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