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BASIC LAMP ASSEMBLY
Follow the illustrations below to see the basic parts
and assembly steps required to make a typical lamp. When in doubt
seek the help of a qualified professional.
CHOOSING THE CORRECT SIZE LAMP SHADE & HARP
Generally, the height of a lamp shade should be the
same or slightly shorter than the height of the lamp body. The
circumference of the shade bottom should be approximately 2-1/2 times
the circumference of the widest part of the lamp body. The shade should
be placed so it covers the socket when viewed at eye level. Note:
2-Piece Harps make it easy to switch to larger or smaller Harps (Shade
SOCKET ASSEMBLY & LAMP WIRING GUIDE
Place steel washer, rubber washer & locknut onto
end of threaded rod. Insert threaded rod into your lamp base. Add a
rubber washer & locknu5t to top of threaded rod. Tighten against top
of your base finger-tight. Slip vase
cap, neck, harp base & socket bottom onto threaded rod & tighten
finger-tight. Run lamp cord up through threaded pipe as shown in
illustration below. Make an electricians' knot to prevent wire from being accidentally
pulled loose (see illustration 1 & 2 below right). If necessary, carefully strip 3/4" of insulation from
end of lamp cord. If ends are not tinned, twist each section tightly.
Wrap the wire with "smooth" insulation clockwise around
the brass "hot" terminal screw. Tighten screw. Wrap the wire
with "ribbed" insulation clockwise around the silver
"neutral" terminal screw. Tighten screw. If using a shell-type
socket (below left) press cover securely into socket's base.
Measures 1/4" O.D.
with 27 threads per inch.
Lamp Pipe and
Measures 3/8" O.D.
& 9/32" I.D. with
27 threads per inch.
Slips into a
7/16" diameter hole.
1/8 IP (Iron Pipe)
refer to an actual
measurement. It is
just a trade designation
for the standard size
of threaded lamp pipe
used in lamp making.