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Sockets

Sockets come in different qualities and constructions. We carry heavy (3.2 ounce) cast brass sockets and mid-weight (1.5 ounce) solid brass sockets. We don't carry the lowest quality (0.8 ounce) sockets, which are made of aluminum and are very flimsy. We feel that these would not meet the quality requirements of our customers. We don't carry the lowest quality sockets, which are made of aluminum and are very flimsy. We feel that these would not meet the quality requirements of our customers.

All of the sockets we sell work well with all of our 2- and 3-conductor cloth-covered wires. We also provide instructions on how to wire a socket using cloth-covered wire.

All qualities of sockets come in brass, nickel, and bronze finishes. The underlying material (even aluminum) does not dictate the final color of the socket.

Socket Types

3-Piece Solid Brass Sockets

material and weight

Solid brass sockets are made of solid brass, which is then polished or coated with a nickel or bronze finish. They weigh 1.5 ounces. An aluminum (low-quality) socket weighs 0.8 ounces. A cast brass (high-quality) socket weighs 3.2 ounces.

construction and use

3-piece sockets are made up of the interior, which is the piece to which the wires are screwed on and into which the bulb is screwed, the cap, the bottom of the socket, where the wire enters, and the housing, which covers the interior for cosmetic reasons as well as to insulate the conductive parts of the socket.

The socket is opened and closed by squeezing the housing, which is crimped at the bottom, into and out of the cap. You must be careful to fully seat the housing into the cap to ensure the socket does not come apart.

4-Piece Cast Brass Sockets

material and weight

Cast brass sockets are made of cast or stamped brass, which is then polished or coated with a nickel or bronze finish. They weigh 3.2 ounces. An aluminum (low-quality) socket weighs 0.8 ounces. A solid brass (medium-quality) socket weighs 1.5 ounces.

construction and use

4-piece sockets are made up of the interior, which is the piece to which the wires are screwed on and into which the bulb is screwed, the cap, the bottom of the socket, where the wire enters, and the housing, which covers the interior for cosmetic reasons as well as to insulate the conductive parts of the socket, and a ring, which screws down to secure the housing to the cap.

The socket is opened and closed by unscrewing the ring, which separates the housing, which is not crimped at the bottom, from the cap. This construction provides a very stable and very attractive alternative to the solid brass socket.

Bakelite Sockets

material

Bakelite sockets are no longer made of Bakelite because its production requires formaldehyde, a very toxic substance. Instead they are made of phenolic, another plastic.

construction and use

Bakelite sockets are 3-piece sockets, made up of the interior, which is the piece to which the wires are screwed on and into which the bulb is screwed, the cap, the bottom of the socket, where the wire enters, and the housing, which covers the interior for cosmetic reasons as well as to insulate the conductive parts of the sockets.

However, unlike the 3-piece brass sockets, the Bakelite housing screws into the cap, providing an easy-to use, attractive, and stable socket.

The socket is closed and opened by screwing/unscrewing on the housing to/from the cap.

Socket Switch Types

Keyless Sockets

Push-Through Switch Sockets

On/Off Switch Sockets

Dimmer Switch Sockets

Dimmer switch sockets come with a turn-knob that looks exactly like an on/off turn knob. As you turn the knob, the lamp dims.

UNO-Threaded Sockets

All types of sockets come with or without UNO threads. These threads allow a shade-support ring to be screwed on below a shade to secure it.

Securing a Shade to a Socket

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