If you ever want to convert a standard table lamp to work with 3-way light bulbs, the process if fairly straightforward. Start by examining the bulb socket in your existing lamp to determine if it’s made of metal or plastic. Most are metal with a gold or silver finish.
Then you can pick up a new socket of the same type at any hardware store or home center. Just be sure it’s marked “three way” or “three position.”
To replace a common metal socket, first unplug the lamp. Then pop the socket apart by squeezing it and pulling it off the base. This will expose the wires. If the wires are screwed to the socket, simply unscrew them. If the wires are inserted into holes in the socket instead, you’ll have to cut the wires, and then strip about ½" of insulation off the ends.
Now just wire in the new socket, as shown at left. One of the wires on the lamp cord will either have a stripe or texture. Connect that to the gold screw. Attach the other wire to the silver screw. Then just push the new socket into the socket base on the lamp, and you’re set for three-way lighting.
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