Tuesday, October 12, 2010

lamps lamps everywhere, nor any light to switch!

I wanted to re-wire these lamp myself and was told that you could buy the kits from that insidious hell hole of a hardware chain, let's call it 'Cunnings'. After braving the 'Cunnings' car park, being reversed into by a trailer driven by an 'L' plater and beating the aisles for an eternity looking for a staff member to help me I was finally informed that 'Cunnings' no longer stock lamp re-wiring kits and they had 'just sold the last one actually', DAMN IT! Now I have to either find the kits somewhere else (so far no luck) or decide if I really need 5 pretty but non functioning lamp bases. Has anyone else re-wired their own lamp? Surely it can't be that hard? Mr 'No more crap in the house , thanks' want's me to send them to heaven, but I am not yet prepared to let go. 

p,s The big blue and brown lamp is by Australian pottery house Ellis and has a matching ashtray, AWESOME TOWN!


  1. I have a couple of lamps to re-wire and I'm going to bypass the DIY chain store and just head for the electrical component shop and buy stuff from there. Of course I only have a minor clue what I'm doing. I'll worry about that later!

    One of my lamps is very old and has a really lovely metal switch at the top with a red and black clicky thing (technical all the way!) but my other half says it's not safe. It will kill me a little to exchange it for a white plastic one.

    I love your blue lamp! Let me know how you get on with the rewiring.

    Ms C

  2. 'Awesome town' is the best phrase ever.

  3. I was laughing out loud as I read your post as I too have a "Mr no more crap in the house"!
    But I agree with you, you must keep those lamps they are amazing! Hope you work out the re-wiring! Eleesa

  4. I'm liking that picture on your mantle. Lamps are good. Wired or not.

  5. Do persist, and let us know if you succeed with the re-wiring. Funny your Cunnings reference. My Mum often refers to challenging people as "rhymes with banker". :)

  6. Can you order the kit online? BTW Love the blue lamp base.

  7. Happy Blogtoberfest! I am on a mission to comment and follow all the blogs in Blogtoberfest! Maybe you could comment and follow me as well! Cheers!

  8. Oh let me know if you have any luck, I want to buy a lamp rewiring kit for my tripod lamp project, have been to Cunnings and Biter 10 but no luck so far...

  9. Do NOT let them go! They're gorgeous, even if they're not working. Let's see the ashtray please.

  10. You can do it yourself. You need to go to a dick smith store and buy the plugs, potentially new switches (they are often the bit that is not working and possibly some cable too. If the lamp holder is broken on any of them (eg. a lightbulb can't fit in there any more) then you will need to buy replacements of those.

    Wiki how knows everything.


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