How to replace a candelabra socket in an outdoor light

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by jeff_bathroom, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. jeff_bathroom

    jeff_bathroom Member

    Dec 15, 2005
    Rather than buying new outdoor light fixtures, I've been revamping the old brass ones; cleaning them up nice.
    However I have two lights; one at the front door and one at the garage door whose sockets don't work. There are multiple bulbs in each fixture and at least one other work in the fixture.
    Is it feasible to replace the bad sockets? If so, where do I get them and what do I ask for ?

    tip : about cleaning the brass - half white vinegar/half water and a tablespoon or two of salt. Bring to a boil. Pour over the fixtures in another container. Leave in for a couple hours. Just a little scrubbing afterwards with a course nylon pad. Spray four to six coats of clear lacquer on them, then re-install.
  2. Alectrician

    Alectrician DIY Senior Member

    Jun 15, 2007
    Somebody put the fixtures together so generally, you can take them apart.

    Take them down turn the upside down and blow all the dirt and dead bug parts out. Sometimes this is enough to get them running again.

    Better yet, use some CO2 in a can (keyboard cleaner) and you won't have to take them down.

    If you feel that you want to replace the sockets, just look at how they are attached and unattach them ;)
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  4. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

    Jun 27, 2008
    North Carolina
    Any good local hardware store should have replacement lamp parts. Take the old ones out and bring them with you to match up.
  5. jeff_bathroom

    jeff_bathroom Member

    Dec 15, 2005
    Thanks guys. I will be taking them apart because I will be cleaning them using the method noted above.
    Southern man; that's what I needed to know; whether I can get replacements. 220/221, I'll trying cleaning them off good before I needlessly replace them though.
    Thanks again for your help ! :)
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