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

When many people consider switching up their lighting, the bulbs are frequently the first thing that comes to mind. So, you might already know about the different varieties of bulbs you can purchase. Some provide more light, some offer a warmer radiance, etc.But, do you understand what kind of socket you should be taking a look at for your lamp (s)? Selecting the best socket isn’t hard

and it does not have to be overwhelming. But, there are more to choose from than you may understand. So, it is necessary to have a standard understanding of a number of various kinds of sockets. Doing so will make it much easier to discover the ones that fit your needs.With that in mind, let’s cover how you can select the right socket for your light while discussing a bit of details about various socket types. Chandelier Sockets Chandelier sockets, as you might have expected, are implied for hanging chandeliers of all shapes and


sizes. These sockets

can wear gradually and might require to be replaced. Chandelier sockets can be made from various materials depending on the appearance you want and the quantity of strength you need. There are dozens of different designs, whether you require big sockets or small, so you can quickly match a replacement socket with your existing fixture. Magnate Sockets Mogul-based lightbulbs have a larger screw base than standard bulbs. As a result, if you’re using mogul bulbs you will need a bigger socket– described as a


mogul 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 turn on and off with the easy pull of a cable, a pull-chain socket is for you. These sockets typically feature a flat base 

or as a longer cylinder

to allow the chain to suspend. Pull-chain sockets are hassle-free and can add a classic touch to any light. 3-Way Sockets 3-way sockets are particularly designed for 3-way lamps. The bulbs utilized for this kind of socket have the ability to produce three different levels of light. It is different from lights with a dimmer switch since the color will not change


depending on the level of light you choose.If you have an interest in dimmer sockets, they are implied for bulbs and lights that will minimize or increase the power of the filaments. This makes for greater or lower levels of lighting however can likewise change the color of the light. Halogen Sockets Halogen sockets are specifically made for halogen bulbs. Halogen bulbs are becoming 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’s important to set up a halogen socket first.Light Sockets Two


, Three, and Four-Bulb Sockets Depending on the type of lighting fixture you have, you might require multiple sockets attached to one plate. Fortunately, you can choose two, 3, or perhaps four-bulb sockets to fit your requirements and attach to your lamp for a brighter radiance. Antique Sockets antique Sockets are, as you may anticipate, used for antique lamps.

Many people use

them for reconditioning or restoring antique lights given that numerous classic styles have actually started to come back into popularity. Whether you bought an antique lamp recently or you’re attempting to restore one to its natural charm, you’ll need a socket that fits the time period when it was developed


. Turn-Knob Sockets Turn-knob sockets are the option to pull-chains. In order to turn a lamp on and off, a turn-knob socket features a small( usually plastic) knob at the base of the socket. It’s a quick and simple method to turn a light on and off. They are frequently the norm for more modern-day lamps as they are easily concealed underneath light shades.There are likewise no-knob sockets that may rather include some kind of button or alternative technique


to turn them on/off.

Or, you could select a push-thru socket that features a small plastic’ dowel’ that you push 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 method they are developed. A 3-terminal socket features wires on the bottom to connect to different bulbs.

They are meant to run an additional circuit and serve a function for a very specific design of bulb/lamp. This kind of socket is normally discovered in older lamps. Porcelain/Ceramic Sockets While the majority of people think about light sockets being made from metal, there are other materials to think about.


These consist of porcelain and ceramic. These materials tend to be more popular in older lamps, but they are still used today.While porcelain or ceramic sockets can provide a great want to your light, it’s important to pick a socket that is top quality, otherwise, the heat may trigger it to crack, and it might even be dangerous. Cardboard Covered Socket You may believe that cardboard and light sockets do


n’t precisely go together,

however periodically they do! Particular sockets consist of little pieces of cardboard that are implied to secure the socket and the bulb against any heat concerns. That small piece of cardboard also acts as a way to insulate the socket.

It can assist to extend the life of the socket and keep whatever much safer. Which Socket is Right for Your Lamp?As you can see, there are lots of socket choices to consider. They all depend on the type of lamp you have, your personal taste, and your specific needs 

. Naturally, various sockets also sometimes require various bulbs.If you’re still confused about which socket to select for your light, do not hesitate to contact Cook’s for more details. Or, stop in and let us help you with any of your lighting requires.