Sockets

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.

Socket Quality and Construction

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.

Socket Finishes

Both types of metal sockets that we carry are called brass sockets because that is the underlying metal. All of our brass sockets come in brass, nickel, and bronze finishes. The underlying material does not dictate the final color of the socket.

Socket Switches

There are a variety of types of switches on sockets.
  • Keyless sockets have no switches. The light must be hard-wired and use a wall switch or have a switch on the cord.
  • Push-through switches have a push-through rod to turn the lamp on and off.
  • On/off switches have a turn switch which clicks on and off.
  • Dimmer switch sockets come with a turn-knob that looks exactly like an on/off turn knob, but as you turn the knob, the lamp dims.

UNO threads

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. Some shade frames also have UNO threads inside the top fitting and this can be screwed onto a UNO socket.

Socket Categories

Please see the socket categories below for descriptions of the material, weight, construction, and use of each. You can also view our instructions page for more information.



A 4-piece socket made of cast brass, which is then polished or coated with a nickel or bronze finish. Our heaviest socket at 3.2 ounces for the keyless version. The housing and cap are secured with a ring for a very attractive and stable socket.
A 3-piece socket made of solid brass, which is then polished or coated with a nickel or bronze finish. Our medium-weight socket at 1.5 ounces for the keyless version. The housing and cap are secured by fitting the crimped housing firmly into the cap.
Sockets made of Bakelite look-alike, phenolic. The housing is threaded and screws into the cap for a very secure, attractive, and stable connection.
A socket with standardized threading known as UNO threads.


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