Desk Lamp Repair versus Replacement
The lamp on my desk quit working last week. After replacing the light bulb and it still did not work, of course I knew it was broken. I had to decide whether I should replace the lamp or conduct my own lamp repair. I decided to first find out what may be the problem.
While rotating the on/off switch, it became apparent the switch was the problem. Instead of a good solid click, it was little more than a grinding noise.
A similar replacement switch cost only $5.00. That is much cheaper than a new desk lamp so I decided to make the repair. It was easy and relatively quick. A picture of the old and new lamp sockets are above.
To accomplish the lamp repair that I did, here is what you do:
- Make sure the cord is unplugged.
- Remove the light bulb.
- Remove the lamp shade.
- Remove the knob at the top of the fixture. Pry it off.
- Unscrew the knurled knob on the switch. (A knurled knob is one that has a small ridge providing a rough surface that can be gripped.
- Pull out the socket.
- Unscrew the wires.
- Throw the broken switch away.
- Screw the wires to the new switch.
- Place the new lamp socket in the light fixture and attach the knurled knob.
- Reinstall the lamp shade.
- Reinstall the light bulb.
- Reinstall the knob.
- Plug the cord back in.
- Test for correct operation.
My repair job was finished. It took longer to drive to the big box and purchase the parts than it did to repair to lamp fixture.