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I have the sockets, but no wire coming off them (but I can use the package instructions), and I need to wire them all together, and connect the plug.
I have several cords that have plugs at one end and an on/off switch, ready to be attached to the wires that will ultimately come out of the lamp (going to the five bulbs).
The wires I was going to use are heavier duty than normal lamp cord, and stiffer -- they look like insulated copper, with the copper a little over a millimeter in diameter.
Okay, I think that makes sense to me.... I didn't mention, though, that the three boxes are about 15" apart from each other. What my friend on his was to get all the sockets in position, with two short wires from each one threaded into the nearest box. Then he put two long pieces of the copper wire down the middle pole to the bottom, where they'll connect to the plug. At the top, i can attach that wire to the top socket, but how do I attach the other short wires to the main piece?
Oh good idea. Yes, hold on, I'll go take a couple -- I forgot I could do that!
Okay. Here I'm attaching a picture of the center tube, and you can see the bottom and the middle round metal boxes in line with it, with holes for the sockets as well. The covers come off the boxes, and you store the wire connections in there, I guess. The other picture is of the sockets I bought - the one out of it's package is correct, and I think the one in the package is the same.
See if this helps:
Neat diagram -- thanks! But a tiny bit more complicated, as there are two bulbs to attach in box 1, and also in box 3. I guess I should attach each of those to the main wire separately, right? So as not to force the current for the top light bulb to travel through the thinner wires, used for the socket connections... (I know I'm not saying that right...) Basically, treat each of the two sockets in box 1 as if they were in their own little box -- they shell wires from the two lights won't touch each other directly, but will both attach to the ridged main wire. Does that sound right?