Light Restored to Lamp!

in life •  14 days ago  (edited)

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A few months ago one of my classmates from grad school gave me a cool light fixture. Her mother and father were having a garage sale and when I saw the photos of the fixture online I went straight over to claim it. We talked for a little while, and when I was finally ready to pay her and leave she insisted, "no, just take it!" She claimed I was doing their family a favor, as they had a lot of stuff to get rid of. Neat!

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I was really tired yesterday after doing a lot of boring chores and catching up on emails and other things, so to relax I decided to rewire the fixture. I had done it once before with an older antique lamp earlier this year and found it fun and surprisingly relaxing, so I was looking forward to it despite being exhausted from the day. In fact, it perked me up a bit by the time I was done less than an hour later!

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the lamp I rewired earlier this year

I opted to rewire this fixture so it could have a switch and plug in instead of going straight into the ceiling, like the original wiring indicates. I live in an apartment and I am pretttty sure they do not want us messing with the ceiling fixtures, especially the wiring, so turning it into a swag lamp or the like seemed the best way to go if I want to be able to use it.


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original wiring

First, I had to unscrew the socket fixture from the top of the shade, and then pull the socket out which pulled the length of the wiring out with it.

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Then I loosened the screws on the socket holding the old wires and disconnected them. I had bought a new wire with a plug at one end, and I fed that through the top of the fixture, through the chains, and down into the lamp shade. I was then able to connect the new wire to the socket and then screw the socket back to the shade.

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At this point, I was able to test it.

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yay, it works

After I determined that I hadn't screwed up yet, I was able to move on to installing the switch, which would allow the lamp to be turned on and off without having to plug and unplug it each time.

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the switch I bought for the project

It was my first time installing a switch, but it was just as easy as the rewiring itself.

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installed switch

In fact, it was so easy that I was sure I had messed up, but when I went for the second test, it worked!

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success!

The funny thing about this project is that there were multiple ways I could have completely botched the wiring and messed up, but instead of screwing up doing the most difficult parts, I screwed up by just straight-up dropping the entire fixture. Yeah I dropped it after successfully demonstrating the new wiring, lol. Luckily, only one panel cracked and it didn't fall out. I super-glued the cracks for now and will just be careful until I look up the best solution for sealing the cracks.

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the cracks, and a small chip

All in all, a successful project! I may add a length of chain to turn it into a proper swag lamp and hang it up in my bedroom somewhere, or possibly near the fireplace in the living room. I should decide soon and get it up and out of the way, lest I accidentally break it some more!

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