How to Install Multiple Light Bulbs in a Single Electrical Socket

Written by rich finzer
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Adding additional light to a room can improve its livability. But it can be a challenge if the number or location of power outlets is limited. However, there is a method for adding additional bulbs to an existing lamp. This modification will take only moments to do, requires no electrical-wiring skills, and can double the light output of a given lamp socket. Best of all, the component needed is quite inexpensive and readily available.

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Things you need

  • Two-socket lamp adaptor

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  1. 1

    Remove the harp finial, shade, and light bulb from the lamp. Set them aside. The lamp socket is now empty.

  2. 2

    Install the two-lamp socket adaptor in the lamp socket. Screw it in exactly as you would a light bulb.

  3. 3

    Reinstall the light bulb you removed earlier, and add a second bulb to the second socket.

  4. 4

    Reattach the shade and harp finial to the lamp. You now have twice the number of bulbs being powered by the single socket in the lamp.

Tips and warnings

  • As you add a second bulb to the lamp, be certain that their combined wattage does not exceed the manufacturer's recommendations.

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