Asked on Aug 12, 2013

Is it worthwhile to try and repair these two lamps?

Karon Nelson RobertsLandlightSJUDY S - BEYOND THE BLUE SHUTTERS


There are issues with both lamps at the same time. The white lamp has a three way switch, and the switch will not turn forward or backward. The tall brown metal lamp has a three way switch and only one position of the three way now works. I replaced the bulb but only get the 50 watt setting. Is it worthwhile to try and repair these lamps? The last time I purchased lamp parts at Home Depot, they did not fit the lamp. Will that be the case this time also?
The lamp switch will not turn either forward or backward. Is it worthwhile to try and repair?
This lamp is used on the bedside table, and the three way feature only works on the 50 watt setting. Is it worthwhile to try and repair?
10 answers
  • Carole
    on Aug 12, 2013

    Hi, personally I would scrap them as lamp shades but perhaps paint the bases of the lamps and re-purpose them as say candle holders or something? If there is a problem with the electrical side of these lamps they may no longer be safe to use? If you put something to form a collar to collect the wax on the pointed bit and then stick the candle to that or through the point it could be a pretty candle holder?? You could save the shades and use on a new lamp base - perhaps decorate the shades to match a new or re-purposed base?

  • Carole, thanks for the ideas.

  • Donna Gill
    on Aug 12, 2013

    I think they could be repaired (by you) inexpensively, and repainted in a zillion different ways. That lampshades, too. I would do it, and sell them if you don't need them. I rather like the fact that they are imperfect mirror images of each other. Take them to a locally owned hardware store, and ask the staff to help you find the replacement parts (I bet they might even help fix it!) Then buy some fun colored spray paint(s) while you are there. Valspar has a line of terrific colors. If you like this idea, maybe even add a third similar but different. I like odd numbers. They could each be done in a different accent color, and then maybe use paper or fabric to unite all three - same or coordinating patterns, Okay, I will stop now.

  • Sfg178760
    on Aug 13, 2013

    I could not fix them...but my husband would be say it is easy to fix them! After he is done i would repaint them fun colors (just one color each though). I have been thinking about re-doing some I would try my hand at these with some fun modern printed material! Look at this fun!

  • Cher @ Designs By Studio C
    on Aug 13, 2013

    The sockets can be replaced very I expensively so they will work again. It is very easy to do and the instructions on the package are very easy to follow. (I promise!) then they can be painted and the shades covered any way you choose!

  • 117135
    on Aug 13, 2013

    I say fix them, you can replace the sockets! They have great bones and you can repurpose them with new colors and fun shades! Use existing shades, the possibilities are endless.

  • Pat
    on Aug 13, 2013

    Try unplugging the tri light , removing the bulb, and with your fingernail very gently lift up the little metal piece just a tad.( I am assuming there is the correct tri light bulb inside). I have replaced lamp parts and its not difficult. It is often cheaper to find a thrift store lamp and use the part needed rather than buy the part at the hardware store! I would try painting both the lamps and the shades. I LOVE using Fat Paint. (a brand of chalk paint!)

    • OhSally
      on May 5, 2015

      @Pat You might want to unplug the lamps before using your fingernail inside...unless, of course, you want curly hair! LOL

  • The last time I purchased lamp parts at Home Depot there was only one socket to choose from and was bigger than what was in the lamp. Where else can lamp parts be purchased?

  • LandlightS
    on Aug 14, 2013

    HD and Lowes carry both single throw and 3 way medium (standard socket) base sockets. If you can't find them at either of the big box stores, try you local Ace Hardware..... Good Lighting.....Gary

  • Karon Nelson Roberts
    on Aug 14, 2013

    Home Depo, Lowes, Walmart, any place that sells hardware has the parts to replace the switches. I've replaced switches in couple of lamps and then painted to go with my airy-beachy theme bedroom. Good luck

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