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Install a Dimmer Switch Socket on Any Lamp in Minutes

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Up the cozy factor in any room by adding an inexpensive dimmer switch socket to any table lamp or floor lamp – no electrical skills needed!

The right kind of light can change the way any room in your home feels.

Did you know you can have the option to make any room feel cozy one night with the soft glow of a dimmed lamp to another night of needing the same lamp brightly lit to read, do hobbies or play games?

In my house, I like every wall switch to have a dimmer switch wired to an outlet. Any lamp that gets plugged into these outlets becomes controlled by a wall switch. Dimmable by turning or sliding a dial on the wall switch.

Make over a brass chandelier

Wall dimmer switches are common in the dining rooms of most homes so a chandelier over the table can be dimmed when entertaining.

Large basket made into a diy end table. It sits next to a brown chair with a white throw and pillow. A floor lamp behind with a dimmable socket to adjust the light.

But what about lamps not near an outlet that has been wired to do this?

Did you know even an existing lamp you own can become dimmable without the need of an electrician or connected to a wall switch? All that is needed is a small tweak to the fixture’s socket.

I added a dimmable light socket to this floor lamp.

DIY makeover of an ugly table lamp. After image of the newly transformed lamp on a sofa table.

I also added the same style lamp socket dimmer to the table lamp I recently makeover.

Having the option to dim both these lamps in my living room, allows me to up the cozy factor.

Dimmed lamp light is the best light for watching TV, to enjoy candle glow and for sitting by a fire in the fireplace while snuggled under a comfy throw.

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Think how nice it would be to dim any lamp or light bulb when you don’t need it to be bright all the time.

Dimmers on lamps = instant room ambiance!

Can You Make Any Lamp Dimmable?

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There is a variety of lamp socket dimmer products sold at home improvement stores. Most of these dimmer sockets will work with any standard incandescent bulbs up to 150 watts. For LED bulbs – you may need specialized dimmers.

4 Types of Light Dimmers You Can Use to Dim Any Lamp

Making a lamp dimmable is an easy process.

Option 1Replacement Dimmer Socket – no electrical knowledge needed. Simple change-out of the lamp socket to a dimmable lamp socket with a turn knob. This is my go-to. See how-to video below.

Option 2 – Screw in Dimmer Socket – These are the fastest and easiest dimmer sockets to add to a lamp. No tools needed.

  • The downfall is most of these are made of plastic and are wide which may interfere with the lampshade harp.
  • They also add about 1 and 1/4 inch to the height of the bulb. If using a shade that is connected to the bulb, the shade may become too high from the lamp base and not look in proportion.

Option 3Corded Plug-In Dimmer Switch. These are easy to plug-in, but you will have a separate switch and cord hanging from the lamp. Too many cords to deal with.

Option 4Wired in the Wall Dimmer that is connected to a ceiling mounted fixture and controlled by a light switch.

  • These can also be wired to an outlet so that a lamp with a dial control that is plugged in the outlet can be dimmed. Electrical knowledge is needed.

Adding any of these dimming option to a room will add “instant cozy” to any space with the turn of a knob.

How to Install a Dimmer Socket on a Table Lamp or Floor Lamp

Always remember to unplug your lamp before changing out the socket.

To view the above video, select the arrow in the center.

No Dimmers in a Room? When you don’t have a dimmer on a lamp and want to add the cozy dimmed light feeling to a space, use one or more 15 watt lightbulbs to simulate candlelight. Works like magic when you don’t have a dimmer switch or lightbulb socket on your light fixtures and lamps.

What Types of Light bulbs Can Be Used with a Dimmable Lamp Socket?

There are a few different types of light bulbs that can be used with a dimmable lamp socket. These include LED bulbs, CFL bulbs, and incandescent bulbs. Each type of bulb has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to choose the right one for your style and needs. LED bulbs are the most energy-efficient option, and they also last the longest. However, they can be more expensive than other types of bulbs.

Where Can I Purchase a Dimmable Lamp Socket?

You can buy dimmable lamp sockets at most home improvement stores and online on Amazon.

Below are a few different styles to choose. They range from nickel, brass, antique brass, plastic and vintage.

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15 Comments

  1. So clever! I had no idea that this was an option, but I’ll be adding this to my project list!

  2. Count me as another person that didn’t know that these existed.
    I did have a giggle when the 3rd hand came in on some spots.
    Really great info.

    1. Hi Kat – I would make more videos, but don’t have a helper most of the time. Even when I explain how I am going to take the video and what I want Ed to do, he ends up needed a little help, hence the 3rd hand. :-)

  3. We’ve put dimmers on almost all of our lighting, even the under cabinet lighting is dimmable. The other thing that my husband does is put a cordless on/off switch so that it can be done without getting up. This works really well in the bedroom where I have a mini chandelier hanging over my tiny nightstand so I can turn it on and off while in bed. I confess I’m spoilt? but it really is a big help.
    I think the way you explain how to do all these things is great since having all these good ideas is only as good as being able to put them in place. Enjoy your cozy lighting!

  4. Love this, Diane! You just solved my lamp problem watching TV. I usually turn it off to watch TV since it’s too bright with it on. Who knew these existed??? Now I can dim the lamp and make it cozier too! Thanks, Diane!

  5. I agree … dimmers are pretty cool!

    I have a question for you …. What are the string of wooden balls called? Does it have a name? I have made a few after seeing your posts about them but have no idea the “real” name ….. please advise.

    Love your blog …. and enjoying the new look!

    1. Hi Linda –

      The wood balls are just called garlands. I don’t think they have another name. Someone just found a decorative use for them besides hanging them on a tree or across a mantel. They make an easy and artful addition to a casual coffee table display.

      I bought the one in the dough bowl shown in the post with a gift card I got for my birthday: https://bit.ly/3lH2u5f

      Thanks for telling me you enjoy my blog. :-) XO