How to Install a GE Porcelain Lampholder
GE porcelain lamp holders are fairly common in home construction, and are used in locations where a bare bulb is sufficient to supply light. For example, many garages, attics and basements use porcelain lamp holders instead of fixtures with globes or shades, since porcelain fixtures make changing bulbs much easier and can withstand heavy use. Porcelain lamp holders are also easy to install and require little assembly because they attach directly to plastic or metal electrical boxes.
Turn off the power in the area you'll be working. If you're replacing a fixture with a porcelain lamp holder, turn off power at the switch. You can also turn off power at the circuit breaker.
Remove the outer jacket from the 14-2 in the box so that you have a black wire, a white wire, and a bare ground wire.
Strip the white 14-2 wire 1/2 inch back and twist the white wire from the porcelain lamp holder around it. Put both underneath a wire nut and twist it until it is tight. Don't twist so much that the wire breaks, however. Tug both of the wires to make sure that they are both secure under the wire nut.
Twist the ground wire from the porcelain lamp holder around the ground wire from the 14-2 and attach a wire nut to the tip. Make sure that both are secure under the wire nut.
Strip the black wire from the electrical box 1/2 inch back and attach it to the black wire from the porcelain lamp holder. Twist them together tightly with a wire nut, being careful not to overtighten. Ensure that the wires are secure under the wire nut.
Push the wires into the back of the box and line up the screw holes on the porcelain lamp holder with the screw holes on the box.
Attach the lamp holder to the electrical box using the supplied screws. Don't overtighten the screws or you may break the porcelain. The lamp holder should be snug against the box.
Screw a light bulb into the socket, restore power, and test to see that the bulb works.
- If there are multiple wires in the box because a number of lights are wired together, the process is the same: attach all wires of the same color together under a wire nut.
- Call a qualified electrician if you're not sure if you've attached the porcelain lamp holder correctly.
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