Project: Rewiring a Mid Century Tension Pole Lamp
If you're here from Instagram, welcome to the original format my insane projects were presented in. If you're just a return reader, welcome back as well, and thanks for sticking with me as I sporadically update this page; social media has made things so much easier and faster than dedicating time to write a blog post, I tell you what.
I finished this project quite a while ago, and the house is still standing, nothing has burned down or fizzled out, and I can confidently say that this lamp was a success. Although this process is a bit more involved than your traditional single-bulb lamp, I think that it still covers all your bases, no matter what kind of lamp you're rewiring-- your typical lamp will just be much easier!
I spotted this lamp in a grouping of very bad auction photos and was the only bidder on the lot. Two days and $6 later, I was the proud owner of the whole bunch of junk & one amazing mid century tension pole lamp! When I brought it home & tested it, only one socket worked, and the wiring was clearly way off from today's safety standards... so it had to be replaced ASAP.
Note: I used this YouTube video as a guide since it was the only one I could find for a similar lamp to mine-- hopefully between her video, this blog post, and my Instagram highlight video, you'll have an easier time rewiring your vintage lamp!
- old lamp (disconnected from any power)
- Goo Gone (Dollar Tree has little bottles!)
- razor blade/putty knife
- paper towels
- new sockets (type will depend on your lamp; I needed sockets with the switch at the top)
- new lamp wiring, by the foot
- new plug/base wire
- wire strippers
- electrical tape
- wire connector caps
- long 1/2" wooden dowel
"Polarized" in these cases means "neutral"