How To Upgrade a Lamp by Adding a 3 Way Switch

How To Upgrade a Lamp by Adding a 3 Way Switch

Beth Zeigler
May 26, 2010

We're crossing items off our "home to-do list" like it's going out of style. The reason? Both sets of padres are swooping into town in June, which has inspired us (and lit a fire under our butts). Today's task--frame new artwork and replace the non-existent lamp knob (while upgrading to a 3-way lamp switch).

What You Need

3 Way Lamp Socket

Phillips Head Screwdriver
Flat Head Screwdriver


1. First, remove the lamp shade, harness and light bulb.

2. You'll next want to remove the outer shell and insulating sleeve from the socket body. Ours was really wedged in there so we loosened it up with the tip of a flat head screwdriver.

3. Once the outer shell is taken off, you'll notice two wires secured to a pair of screws on the socket body. Loosen the screws and then, look for a small screw on the socket cap and loosen that up as well with your screwdriver. Once all the screws are loose, you'll be able to remove the socket body and screw off the socket cap (revealing the stem).

4. Grab your brand spanking new socket cap and string the two wires through the hole in the top. Attach the wires to the pair of screws (usually the wire with the ridge or indentation connects to the silver screw).

5. Place the new outer shell/insulating sleeve back onto the socket body and click into place. Tighten the single screw on the stem to keep it in place.

6. Replace all hardware (harp, light bulb and lampshade) and voila--you've upgraded your lamp to a 3-way lamp.

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