How to Repair a Broken Table Lamp Switch

Do you have a pretty table lamp that you’ve had for years and really loved, then suddenly it no longer works because of a broken switch? Well, you don’t have to throw that away! It’s actually fairly easy to get that fixed.

Here are the steps on how to repair a broken table lamp switch with a pull chain that are so easy that even beginners or first-timers can get it done!

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Step 1. Unplug the Lamp

Remember that you’re working with a thing that uses electricity! Unplugging the lamp should always be the first step in getting it fixed because it’s easy to get caught up in the moment as you concentrate on the task that you could forget to take it off the outlet.

Step 2. Double Check the Type of Switch Used

It’s important for you to know what type of switch is used in the lamp so you can buy the necessary hardware from the store.

Most lamps have a socket switch with a pull chain mechanism that you just pull to turn the lamp on or off. You might be daunted by this task, but just follow the steps to get it done.

Step 3. Socket Switch Removal

Remove the lamp cover or shade if that’s possible, then unscrew the light bulb carefully. Make sure to do this when the light bulb is no longer hot.

Most lamps let you directly pull the socket shell to remove it.

If you can’t do that, carefully remove the two screws that you can see at the bottom of the socket. As you can see, these screws actually hold the silver threaded socket in place. Remove the silver threaded socket and make sure to carefully set aside the small screws so they won’t get lost.

Unscrew and remove the black socket body carefully.

Step 4. Gaining Access to Power Cord

Locate the power cord. It’s usually found at the bottom of the lamp. Carefully remove the material that covers the base so it won’t be torn.

Pull the cord gently so you can have enough slack and space to work on. Some lamps might have knots at this spot or the cord might be glued in place.

Remove the socket base and switch from the base so you can get to the screw terminals located at the side.

Then, remove the wires by loosening the screws. Be careful because the screws might fall off, though these are usually designed so that they don’t go all the way out of the hole.

Step 5. Attach the New Switch

Buy a new switch that’s the same as the one used for the lamp. You can even bring the switch to the store for reference.

The next move would be the reverse what you did above, but using the new switch. Carefully attach the wires to the new switch assembly. It’s easier if you bend a hook into the end of the wire to hold it in place while you tighten the screws.

Step 6. Reassemble the Lamp

Now that the wires are secured, reattached the switch on the base and pull the power cord to set it in place. Return the silver threaded socket into place and tighten the screws.

Reattach the light bulb and return the lamp cover/shade in place.

That’s it! You’re done repairing a broken table lamp with a pull chain switch. Check your reassembled lamp if it works. Congratulations!

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7 thoughts on “How to Repair a Broken Table Lamp Switch”

  1. Thanks for the helpful tips! I always prefer to fix things myself before discarding them. My lamp switch broke so I plan on fixing it asap.

  2. This is very timely as I have an old lamp that needs to be fixed. I’m not sure if it’s the switch but I’ll use your helpful tips once I find out it’s the switch.

  3. Very informative and great tips. I never know that to fix the broken table lamp is not really difficult. I think no need to call a technician anymore. The steps your explain is really clear for me.

  4. Wow! What a great coincidence. Our lamp recently got busted and was planning to dispose of it. Thank you for sharing this detailed step-by-step guide. Will try to fix it.


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