I have an old floor lamp with a mogul (large base) bulb as its center
light. It takes a 3-way, and I have been putting 100/200/300 watt
bulbs into it. The mogul bulbs are getting hard to find and a bit
expensive, so I thought I'd save some money by buying an adaptor so I
could put a regular bulb in the center lamp. Found one at a hardware
store; it's ceramic, and the clerk said it was good up to 600 watts
(is that possible?).
The adaptor fit the socket well, but when I screwed a regular-base 200
watt bulb into it & turned on the power - no light!
Now I am trying to remove the adaptor, but it's pretty firmly seated
in the socket and there's no way to get a grip on it. The socket is
made of ceramic and looks old; it may be original.
I'd appreciate any suggestions on how to remove the adaptor, and/or
what I messed up that's causing it to not work correctly.
Yes, if it is installed in a mogul socket rated for that much power.
Sounds like for some reason that adaptor didn't screw in far enough to
reach the (two) contacts at the bottom of the lamp socket. Maybe the
threads were dry and the threads "galled" and stuck before it screwed in
If you don't mind wasting that adaptor, you can get it out the same way
you remove the base of a broken off light bulb. Jam a small
screwdriver between the adaptor's body and the threaded metal shell
inside it (Guard your eyes, the ceramic could chip and fly.), and bend
the metal shell inward far enough so you can grab it with the jaws of a
pair of pliers and apply enough torque to unscrew it.
If you want to try using anoter one of those adaptors, smear a little
oil on the threads before you screw it in. Before you install it, PULL
THE LAMPCORD PLUG, then reach inside the lamp socket with some small
hook shaped tool and pull on the two contacts at the bottom of the
socket so they bend up a little to insure that they will firmly touch
the contacts on the end of the adaptor.
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying."
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