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So, how many lamps and how many wires or terminals on the switch?
There are four sockets on floor lamp with a rotary switch on bottom. Switch on middle main socket turns on and off too.
But you are replacing only the one switch correct? Not the switch on the main socket.
I am rewiring the whole lamp and have the wires already run. I just need to connect the rotary switch on bottom.
Does the rotary switch have wires or terminals?
Yes. There are three wires coming from the rotary switch, one black, one brown and one red.
Lol, didnt have to ask colors. Thanks
Ok, normally the black gets the lead from the power cord. Then Red and black attach to the sockets.
I am confused.
Switch has 3 wires. Lamp has ?
2 wires from power cord and should be other wires going to the top of the lamp,correct?
8 wires. 2 from each socket.
Yes. In answer to your last question.
Ok, 1 wire from each socket connects to one wire from power cord.
All tied together. Cord should have some type of marking, possibly a stripe
You have to know which is power and what is neutral or shell of the socket
Your terminology is not familiar. I am not an electrician by trade. I just rewire simple lamps.
I know there is one wire to each socket, that wire being split to one on each side of socket. There are
A light socket has a silver shell and a small contatc point in the center
I know that a socket is silver with two connectors, one on each side.
Ok. See , power is only to go to the screw that connects to the center of the socket
I used to consult with my husband, but he died.
The silver outside threaded part cannot be powered with 115 volts
Can you tell which screw on the socket connects to the center?
There is a brass screw on one side and a silver on the other.
I have the wires already connected to the sockets. The wires are all coming down through the body. Now I am at the bottom of lamp and need to connect the rotary switch.
Yes but we have to connect power only to the wires on the brass screws.
Not the silver ones
Maybe I would be better off not connecting the rotary switch at all. Then there would be no problem.
So you have to separate them together, so you dont get confused as we hook it up
No, you still have to find the right ones to connect to power anyway.
okay. I follow you.
Or else someone gets shocked by touching the shell
I have never had to do what you say and I have rewired many many lamps.
I know how to match up the multiple wires.
Ok, the plug in has a large and a smaller blade?
The smallest blade is power
That side connects to your switch black wire. The larger blade side connects to one side of the socket
The silver screws
So, small blade wire to black switch wire and large blade wire to socket silver screw wires
I am losing you. I just need to connect wires from rotary switch to wires from sockets.
I watched my husband do it. It was simple, but I didn't see which wires of switch went to which wire of sockets.
But if you do it wrong it is dangerous. You have to know which wire in the cord is power
That would be the wires on the silver terminals.
Sorry, I told you wrong. The brass terminals are the hot ones.
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Are you still there
Yes, see the picture?
I have one in front of me
Ok, it just shows the power to brass screws
So, once you separate all the wires connecting to the silver screws, twist them together and connect to the wire on the large blade side of the power cord.
Ok, now you take the wire from the small blade side of the power cord and connect to the black wire of the rotary switch
Now, the brown wire and red wire on the rotary switch connect to whichevr sockets you want them to. I think you said 4 sockets? So, connect the red wire to 2 socket sand the brown wire to 2 sockets Those wires will go to the brass screws on the socket
You can do 3 and 1, doesnt matter, that is your preference
"those" wires meaning which wires?
The ones you connect to the red and brown switch wires
I think you just answered my question
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