Do you love your old lamps, but they are not working right? Consider lamp repair. New sockets, cords and switches will make them work like new, and freshen up their look as well.

Of course the first concern with lamp repair is safety. Would you use any other faulty appliance in your house? Then why would you risk an electrical shock or fire by using an old, deteriorated lamp that flickers or sparks? The cost of repair is just not worth the risks.

Vintage crystal or alabaster lamps with dirty, old white cords look great with new nickel parts and clear silver cords. New white or black shades and new finials can give them either a classic or a more contemporary look.

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The same can be said for porcelain, brass, bronze or wood lamps with new antique gold, brown or black cords. Often some of the old brass parts can be reused. But if not, new “antique” brass parts can be used to give your lamps a more original look.  Polished brash parts are standard.

We have one of the finest lamp repairmen in Central Ohio. Frank has been repairing our lamps for over 30 years. He is an experienced, meticulous electrician, whose prime concern is the safety of every lamp he repairs.  His focus is table and floor lamps, so he does not repair chandeliers or halogen lamps, due to time and space constraints.

So bring your old lamps to have them rewired, with new sockets and switches, making them reliable and safe for years to come. And remember new shades and finials will give them a fresh traditional or modern look!

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As a lampshade professional, I see many worn out lampshades every day.  I also see lamp sockets that are charred from heat.  One of the main causes of this deterioration is age of course.  With daily use, we can’t expect fabric shades or electrical sockets to last forever.  But high wattage bulbs are also a factor. 

Consider the wattage of bulbs you are using, depending on your lighting needs.  For reading, a 3-way bulb up to 150 watts should be enough.  Turn it up when you are reading, then turn it down when you are done.  If 150w is not enough, consider a lighter shade or even a second lamp.  The lining of older hardback shades turn yellow, and decreases the light through and below the shade.  A second lamp in the room can not only add light but distribute it more effectively. 

For general lighting, especially the lamp that’s on a timer every day, use a lower wattage (60 or less) to preserve the shade and the socket.  For a lamp that’s used for ambiance or as a nighlight, try even lower wattages.   

Of course new compact flourescent (CFL) bulbs are a step in the right direction, since they are cooler and use less energy.  I like the “soft white” CFLs for most areas of the home.  Their color is warmer and more pleasing for residential use.  Brighter whites can be used in work spaces such as offices and kitchens.

So check your bulbs throughout the house,and consider where and how you use them.  If you need new lampshades, or a new socket in your lamps, come see me.  And don’t forget to bring your lamps!