Sunday, January 20, 2008

Rehabbing old lighting

An old-school electrican once told me that knob and tube wiring can carry a decent electrical load. The bigger problem, he said, is 100-watt bulbs in old light fixtures.

Guess what I have here?

The electrician suggested not using anything higher than 60 watts in an old fixture. Or you can rehab them by installing a new socket.

In this case, the light fixture was a metal ring that surrounded a socket that screws into the ceiling -- easy enough. In others, I've replaced a socket that snaps into the center of a fixture.

It costs a buck or two and takes 10 seconds. Any store with electrical stuff should have these items.

For more complicated fixtures, a lighting store can re-wire them.

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