How to Repair a Swag Lamp

Swag lamps can be installed in areas where there is no ceiling access to install an overhead light.

Replace the Swag Lamp Socket

Any pendant light can be converted to a swag lamp with the help of a swag lamp kit. Just about any lamp socket and light shade can be turned into a swag lamp to match the decor in your home. The different parts of swag lamps can be damaged but you can replace these damaged parts without having to replace the whole lamp.

Step 1

Pull the socket sleeve off of the interior socket to expose the socket wiring. Grasp the socket sleeve with your hand and gently pull it from the socket, applying a slight side to side movement while pulling up from the socket cap.

Step 2

Remove the wiring from the socket. Loosen the copper screw and the silver screw on the interior socket and remove the wires from beneath them. Discard the interior socket.

Step 3

Install the new interior socket. Feel the two lamp wires, one side will have ribs down the entire length of the wire, wrap this wire around the silver screw. The smooth wire will wrap around the copper screw. Tighten both screws.

Step 4

Replace the socket sleeve onto the socket. Push down firmly onto the socket sleeve until you feel it snap into the socket cap.

Replace Swag Lamp Cord

Step 1

Pull the socket sleeve from the socket cap to expose the wiring and the interior socket.

Step 2

Loosen both the silver and copper screws on the interior socket to release the wire

Step 3

Pull the lamp cord from the socket cap and pull it from the chain. Thread the new lamp cord through the chain and into the socket cap.

Step 4

Wire the new cord into the interior socket. Feel the cord. One side will feel smooth, while the other side has ribs along the links of the wire. Wrap the smooth wire around the copper screw and the ribbed wire around the silver screw. Tighten both screws.

Step 5

Replace the socket sleeve by sliding it over the interior socket. Push the sleeve down firmly into the socket cap, snapping it into place.

Replace Swag Lamp Plug

Step 1

Cut the damaged plug off of the cord. Grasp the left and the right sides of the lamp wire with your right and left hands and gently pull the wires apart approximately 1 inch. Thread the wire through the replacement plug cover.

Step 2

Strip the lamp wires. Use wire cutter strippers and strip 1/2 inches of insulation off of each wire.

Step 3

Wire the new plug on the lamp cord. Feel the lamp wires. The lamp wire with ribs running down the entire length of the wire wraps around the silver screw on the plug, the smooth wire wraps around the copper screw. Tighten the screws.

Step 4

Slide the new plug cover over the plug into until you feel it snap into place.

Replace Swag Lamp Switch

Step 1

Unscrew the in-line switch. Remove the small screw from the center of the switch and take the cover off.

Step 2

Remove the lamp cord from the in-line switch and discard the in-line switch.

Step 3

Install the in-line switch. On the side that does not contain the rotary dial, lay the lamp wire into the cord channel of the switch. One channel of the switch allows the cord to run continually through it, place the wire that has ribs into this channel. Lay the cut wire in the remaining channel.

Step 4

Replace the cover onto the in-line switch and attach the screw.

Things You Will Need

  • Phillips or flat head screwdriver
  • Replacement interior socket
  • Replacement swag lamp cord
  • Replacement plug
  • Replacement in-line switch

About the Author

Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.