How To Repair A Table Lamp? [7 Easy Methods]

It’s always the little items that make a big difference, such as a miniature earring to lend your overall outfit beauty or a splash of black salt in lemonade to greatly improve its flavor. 

The same refers to table lamps whose  inclusion may lead to a number of long-lasting effects. But what happens when the table lamp is not working properly? 

Instead of offering an enticing appearance, it may cause bother in the work. The damaged table lamp that causes the lamp to flicker, to be hard to turn on, or to refuse to light simply flat out. 

So it needs to be repaired. In this article, I’ll show you how to repair a table lamp.

Now, let us see what are the components of the table lamp.

Components of Table Lamp

Components of Table Lamp

The table lamp is made up of following components which are listed from bottom to top bottom as below:

  1. Anti-Slip material: To hold the table lamp in place on the table or desk, it may be rubber or felt.
  1. Base of lamp: It is the bottom support of a lamp generally made up of metal.
  1. Plug: The plug is required to conduct electricity to the bulb in the table lamp.
  1. Lamp Body: The lower part of the table lamp is called a lamp body.
  1. Threaded Tube: The lightning components are attached to the body with the help of threaded tube.
  1. Base of lighting components: The lamp body is attached to the base of the lightning component.
  1. Switch: The table lamp can be turned on/off by switch.
  1. Insulation sleeve:It secures socket shell, switch and base.
  1. Socket Shell: The light socket of the table lamp is known as socket shell.
  1.  Harp: It is the component of table lamp to which vertical support and attachment of lamp shade is attached.
  1. Bulb: The bulb is used to provide a light.
  1. Lampshade: A lampshade is a fixture that protects a lamp’s lightbulb to diffuse the light that it emits. A broad range of materials, such as paper, glass, cloth or stone, may be used to create lampshades.
  1. Fitting and lock of lampshade: Lampshade is fitted and locked to a lamp with lampshade fitting.

Precautions To Avoid Fault In Table lamp

To prevent damaged table lamps, the following steps should be taken.

  1. Do not cover the table lamp with paper or cloth or, when lit up, put it near flammable objects. There would be a fire threat for the heated bulb.
  1. When the light is on, do not try to change the bulb. Firstly, turn it off and unplug it and wait for the bulb to cool for a few moments.
  1. Ensure that your lamp is placed on a stable, smooth surface.
  1. Do not drop the lamp, expose it to damage, treat it with force, or scratch the surface with rough stones. Injuries can result from the broken bulb.
  1. Check the rating (voltage and wattage) and socket base design of the new bulb before replacing the bulb. 

Ensure that the new bulb is properly placed and snap it securely into the socket. A poorly fitting bulb can, or overheat, come out of the socket.

  1. Do not touch the bulbs with your bare hands and, when the lamp is lit up or only after shutting it off, prevent close contact with the skin. Burns can be caused by the hot bulb.
  1. Switch off the light before removing the bulb, then let the bulb cool off. Burns can be caused by the hot bulb.
  1. Check to ensure that no part of the light fixture or electric cable touches the lamp until removing the bulb. If this happens, a fire can be ignited by the heated attachments or chain.
  1. Dispose of the used bulb. The broken pieces of glass can cause injuries if the bulb is shattered.
  1. Keep the bulb out of the reach of younger children and babies.  They may swallow it.
  1. Stop touching the lamp with dirty hands or contaminated gloves, or with water or grease.
  1. Take adequate care of the conditions of use when the lighting equipment is being constructed. The output would depend considerably on the state of the operation.
  1. Using the table lamp under acceptable circumstances and please obey the directions of the manufacturer. In wet or humid weather, do not use indoor lights.
  1. If either of the wires or socket fixtures are broken, never use your lamp.

Issues with Table Lamps

The chances are very high that it has to be repaired if you try to turn on your table lamp and it is non-responsive, dark, flickering, or some other abnormality. 

The most apparent concern may be that electricity is not obtained by the bulb. Another possible case is a burned light. 

The problem could be a defective bulb, a faulty electrical adapter, a faulty switch, a faulty light socket, a faulty connector, a faulty brass tag, or a faulty cord if the table lamp does not illuminate. 

To repair the lamp, you will need to address the issue.

How To Repair A Table Lamp?

Flickering or not lighting up the bulb is the common fault occurring in a table lamp. one can repair most of, if not all, the regular table lamp problems himself with the right equipment. 

Exploring the methods to repair the defect in the table lamp is as follows:

Faulty Bulb

Chances are that when a lamp flickers or doesn’t light up at all, one of the elements has gone wrong. 

Clearly, first verify whether there is power or not and the state of the bulb. And, ensure that there is electricity at the power outlet you are using. Try a new bulb and plug the light into a different socket before tearing it all out.

Faulty Socket

It may have debris in the light socket and thus the bulb can not make a connection. 

Fire and electrical risks may be triggered by a loose plug on a lamp that can be corrected as quickly as possible. For this, unplug the lamp, remove the bulb, and inspect the bulb socket inside. 

Check to see if the electrical bulb terminals are flat at the bottom of the light socket and don’t make contact with the bulb. 

Make sure the lamp is unplugged and pulled up on the terminals so that a connection can be made by the light bulb. You will have to repair the light socket if damage is detected.

Blown Fuse

A blown fuse may be the issue. Get the plug open. Using the multimeter, detach the fuse and inspect it. 

Link the red probe to one end of the fuse and the black probe to the other by selecting the OHM setting on the meter. 

The meter will register that the fuse is not broken by turning the indicator needle from left to right. Replace the fuse with one with the same rating at all times.

Faulty Wire in Plug

Check to see if all the wiring is safe and tight. The wiring is always the same concept, but in certain designs, all connectors have a cable locking mechanism that varies significantly. 

Ensure that the white sheathing cable is firmly kept in the plug, and if the cable is tugged or tripped over, this will hold the wire secure. The brown (live) wire attaches with the fuse fitted to the “L” labeled prong. 

The blue wire fits into the “N” labelled prong on the connector. Use wire cutters to ensure the wires are the right length, as stated in the manual, while you are rewiring the connector, then use wire strippers to expose around 5 mm of copper wire. 

Ensure that all the exposed copper on each of the prongs in the connector is firmly attached under the brass screw.

Faulty wire in Bulb Holder

In the bulb holder, check the wiring. Unscrew the fitting and check the connections. Simply replace the entire bulb holder with a new one, if in doubt.

Faulty Cord

It’s advisable to repair the whole cable if you see any cuts or exposed wires. 

It can be very difficult to thread a new cable through the inside heart of certain lamps, but you can tie a new cable to the end of the existing one by attaching the exposed wires together after cutting the plug or revealing the wires at a point above any damaged section of the cable and taping them together with electrical tape.

Broken Light Switch Knob

On the light switch, you might have a broken knob. A new knob for a lamp is cheap and can quickly be removed. 

You’re going to need a new knob. By unscrewing it, remove the old knob. To make sure that it lights out, screw in the new knob and check the light.

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Due to a defective light, faulty cable, broken cable, etc., the table lamp does not work well. If you can’t find any obvious concerns, change all the electrical components of the table lamp. 

It just takes a few more minutes, and the cost is insignificant, compared to the loss of just one.

This is all about how to repair a table lamp. If you have any queries, please comment below.

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