How to Make a Lamp Into a Touch Lamp

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How to Make a Lamp Into a Touch Lamp
(Photo by Bartosz Borecki,

A touch lamp eliminates the hassle of fumbling in the dark for the light switch. Most metal lamps can be converted into a touch lamp. Turn it on with a quick touch to the base, and adjust the light--or turn it off--with a few more taps. Instead of paying for a touch lamp, buy an inexpensive touch lamp control switch and convert desk or floor lamps into touch lamps in a few minutes.

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Things you need

  • Touch lamp control switch (lamp socket version)

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  1. 1

    Turn the lamp off. Unscrew the light bulb from the socket.

  2. 2

    Screw a touch lamp control switch into the lamp socket. The control switch itself resembles a lamp socket.

  3. 3

    Screw the light bulb into the socket, which is actually the touch lamp control switch.

  4. 4

    Turn the lamp on and touch any metal part of the lamp to turn it on or off. The lamp has three light settings: low, medium and high. Tap the lamp to change the setting, and the last tap will turn the lamp off. Another tap will turn it back on.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase a touch lamp control switch at (see Resources).
  • Touch lamp control switches will not work on lamps with plastic or ceramic light sockets, or with CFL light bulbs.

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