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