How to Repair a Table Lamp

With a handful of parts and about a half-hour you can safely fix almost any lamp.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Wire stripper/cutter

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Lamp socket
  • Lamp cord
  • Replacement plug
  • Grommet

Home centers and hardware stores carry basic lamp parts like sockets, cords and plugs. For hard-to-find parts and a wider selection of basic parts, visit a lamp repair shop (in the Yellow Pages under Lamps and Shades, Repair) or online.