Lamp Sockets: How to Select the Right Socket For Your Lamp

When many people think of changing up their lighting, the bulbs are frequently the very first thing that comes to mind. So, you might currently know about the various ranges of bulbs you can buy. Some provide more light, some offer a warmer glow, etc.But, do you know what type of socket you should be taking a look at for your lamp (s)? Selecting the ideal socket isn’t tough

and it does not need to be overwhelming. But, there are more to select from than you may realize. So, it’s important to have a basic understanding of several various sort of sockets. Doing so will make it easier to find the ones that fit your needs.With that in mind, let’s cover how you can pick the ideal socket for your light while discussing a little details about different socket types. Chandelier Sockets Chandelier sockets, as you may have expected, are implied for hanging chandeliers of all shapes and

 

sizes. These sockets

can break with time and may need to be replaced. Chandelier sockets can be made from different products depending on the look you desire and the amount of strength you need. There are dozens of various designs, whether you need huge sockets or little, so you can quickly match a replacement socket with your existing fixture. Mogul Sockets Mogul-based lightbulbs have a bigger screw base than standard bulbs. As a result, if you’re utilizing magnate bulbs you will need a bigger socket– referred to as a

 

magnate socket.

A number of them are versatile so you can screw them into your existing socket before including the magnate bulb. Pull-Chain Sockets If you have a light that you wish to be able to switch on and off with the easy pull of a cable, a pull-chain socket is for you. These sockets generally include a flat base 

or as a longer cylinder

to enable the chain to hang down. Pull-chain sockets are hassle-free and can include a classic touch to any lamp. 3-Way Sockets 3-way sockets are specifically developed for 3-way lights. The bulbs used for this kind of socket have the ability to produce 3 various levels of light. It is different from lights with a dimmer switch due to the fact that the color will not alter

 

depending on the level of light you choose.If you have an interest in dimmer sockets, they are meant for bulbs and lights that will minimize or increase the power of the filaments. This produces greater or lower levels of lighting however can also change the color of the light. Halogen Sockets Halogen sockets are specifically made for halogen bulbs. Halogen bulbs are ending up being more popular thanks to their effectiveness, but they can also threaten if they are put in the incorrect socket (or if touched!). If you’re making the switch to a halogen bulb, it is very important to install a halogen socket first.Light Sockets Two

 

, Three, and Four-Bulb Sockets Depending on the kind of light you have, you might need numerous sockets attached to one plate. Fortunately, you can select two, 3, or even four-bulb sockets to fit your needs and connect to your light for a brighter glow. Antique Sockets Antique sockets are, as you might expect, utilized for antique lamps.

Many people use

them for reconditioning or bring back antique lights given that numerous classic designs have begun to come back into popularity. Whether you purchased an antique lamp recently or you’re attempting to restore one to its natural charm, you’ll require a socket that fits the time period when it was developed

 

. Turn-Knob Sockets Turn-knob sockets are the alternative to pull-chains. In order to turn a light on and off, a turn-knob socket includes a little( normally plastic) knob at the base of the socket. It’s a quick and simple method to turn a lamp on and off. They are frequently the standard for more modern lamps as they are easily hidden underneath light shades.There are also no-knob sockets that may instead include some type of button or alternative technique

 

to turn them on/off.

Or, you could select a push-thru socket that includes a little plastic’ dowel’ that you press from one side of the socket to another to turn the lamp on and off. 3 Terminal Sockets 3-terminal sockets are different from 3-way sockets in the way they are created. A 3-terminal socket functions wires on the bottom to link to different bulbs.

They are implied to run an extra circuit and serve a purpose for an extremely specific design of bulb/lamp. This kind of socket is typically found in older lights. porcelain/ceramic Sockets While most people think about light sockets being made of metal, there are other products to think about.

 

These consist of porcelain and ceramic. These products tend to be more popular in older lamps, but they are still utilized today.While porcelain or ceramic sockets can provide an excellent aim to your light, it is essential to select a socket that is premium, otherwise, the heat might trigger it to break, and it could even threaten. Cardboard Covered Socket You might believe that cardboard and light sockets do

 

n’t precisely go hand-in-hand,

but occasionally they do! Particular sockets include little pieces of cardboard that are suggested to safeguard the socket and the bulb versus any heat concerns. That small piece of cardboard also works as a way to insulate the socket.

It can help to extend the life of the socket and keep whatever safer. Which Socket is Right for Your Lamp?As you can see, there are a lot of socket options to consider. They all depend on the kind of lamp you have, your individual taste, and your individual needs 

. Naturally, various sockets also sometimes require various bulbs.If you’re still puzzled about which socket to pick for your lamp, feel free to call Cook’s for additional information. Or, stop in and let us assist you with any of your lighting needs.