How to Rewire a Table Lamp

If you have an older table lamp that you don't want to part with, don't toss it in the trash heap yet. You can rewire that old lamp to new condition and use it to illuminate your home for many years to come.

Disassemble the table lamp and set the pieces down on a surface so none will get lost. Clean the parts until they are dust free. Discard the old wiring system.

Strip the wires of the repair kit using wire strippers. Twist the ends of the wires together in a clockwise motion.

Thread the wires through the middle tube of the lamp. Secure the socket unit on the tube. Thread the wires through the base of the lamp.

Attach the wires of the repair kit to the old electrical cord. Twist the wires together in a clockwise motion, and place electrical tape around them for added security.

Place a light bulb in the socket of the table lamp and plug it in to test it. If it works, put the lamp shade on. If it doesn't work, check the wires again, to be sure they are secured properly.


Read the instructions of the rewire kit closely. Some kits are different than others so the steps to rewire your lamp may be different.


Never rewire your lamp while it is plugged in.

Things You'll Need

  • Table lamp rewire kit
  • Wire strippers
  • Electrical tape
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