Touch lamps are a wonderful addition to any room in the house; despite the fact that they may appear to be some kind of device from the future, the way in which they operate is actually quite straightforward. A small touch control box or unit is installed inside the lamp itself, and it is connected in such a way that you can turn the lamp on or off by simply touching any metal part of the device. Touch lamps are a great way to save energy and make your home more environmentally friendly. How about that?
However, there are times when this box will malfunction and stop operating as it should. This occurs frequently as a result of the lamp being dropped or slammed violently against a hard surface, such as a wall or another object.
The most common issue that can arise with a touch lamp is broken wire connections inside where they are connected to light sockets. This can also occur when touching metal parts that are conducting electricity, which can result in zapping in small areas and, in the long run, cause the insulation coating to burn off, leaving the metal bare and susceptible to additional zapping. In addition, touching metal parts can sometimes cause a power surge, which can damage the touch control box or cause the wiring of another lamp to break down, which can sometimes create a fire risk. In this scenario, it is suggested that you turn off all of the power going to your touch lamp and then replace the wiring.
The information that follows will walk you through disassembling your touch lamp in order to gain access to the control box contained within, repairing the control box if it is damaged, and then reassembling the lamp. It is very simple to do, but you have to be careful not to damage any of the thin wires that are located inside when you are putting everything back together after you have disassembled it. On the other hand, if you take your time and carefully follow these instructions, you should be able to find a solution to your problem in under ten minutes.
The first thing that needs to be done is to figure out where the control box is. The bottom of the lamp is where you ought to begin your search in the first place. Once you have located this, you will be required to take apart and then reassemble the unit.
Before you even consider tinkering with your lamp, make absolutely certain that you have not only turned it off at the wall but also removed everything from its plug. Only then should you even consider tinkering with it. Even if you have a working touch lamp, it is probably not worth the risk of getting electrocuted in order to have one.
Now that the lamp can be handled without risk, take off the base so you can start working on it. If you can see screws on the bottom, then you will need to locate the appropriate-shaped screwdriver and remove the screws, ideally without losing any of the screws in the process. Don’t freak out if there are no screws on the bottom; this just means that the base either twists or snaps on, so give it a firm twist or tug, and the bottom should pop off. If there are no screws on the bottom, then don’t worry; this just means that the base either twists or snaps on.
Locate the control box once it has been opened; if you are having trouble determining which one it is, they are typically connected by means of four wires colored yellow, red, white, and black (although depending on the country and model, the colors may vary).
The wires within the cord that attach to the touch control box are shielded from exposure by a very thin layer of plastic. You should be able to see four thin metal blades that are attached to each wire if you carefully peel this away from the wire. It’s highly likely that at least one of these is crooked in an upward direction.
Bring these back up to their original position so that each one is in contact with the metal side of the touch control box. When someone bends a paperclip by holding both ends in their fingers and letting it fall down onto a flat surface, the process is similar to how this works: whatever got pushed up gets forced downwards until it’s flat against whatever objects have been supporting its current position. This continues until the paperclip is bent into the desired shape.
In accordance with the instructions or warnings provided by the manufacturer, quickly close, shut, or turn off your lamp 5–10 times in rapid succession, and then turn it on for the first time. After doing this, the touch control box should be reset, allowing the lamp to respond to your touch once more.
In the event that this does not work, or in the event that you do not have a touch control box contained within your base: Find the metal prongs or objects that resemble prongs in your light bulb socket (the spot where you screw in a lightbulb). These can be found in most light fixtures that use light bulbs other than traditional incandescent light bulbs, such as fluorescent or LED light fixtures. These can also be found in some halogen light fixtures. If you press down firmly on these and wiggle them back and forth in a gentle manner, you should be able to put them back where they belong. Replace that part of the light fixture if you notice that there are fine cracks between the metal parts of these prongs or prong-like objects and any ceramic or plastic pieces that they touch on the light fixture. In the event that this does not resolve the issue, you might require a new light bulb. Obtain a replacement lightbulb, and then replace it in accordance with the instructions and/or warnings provided by the manufacturer.
That wraps up this discussion. Your touch lamp ought to be functioning properly at this point, as if there was nothing incorrect with the initial wiring. If this does not work, you will need to completely rewire your lamp, which includes replacing any broken wires and disconnecting and reconnecting both of the wires feeding through the nipple on the bottom of the lamp. If this still does not work, you can try replacing the nipple on the bottom of the lamp with a new one. To avoid having to reattach wires through the nipple located on the bottom of your touch lamp, you have the option of either using a combination of new and old wires or replacing them entirely with new wires.
Before you begin working on any of the wires in the base of the light fixture, you should first turn off all of the electricity that is going into it so that you can locate the source of the issue within the light fixture. Only then will you be able to determine which wire you will need to connect. Once you have determined that power is not being supplied to your light fixture, you will need to temporarily restore power to your light fixture using a combination of a multimeter and test leads with electrical plug-in adapters so that you can test each individual wire one at a time to determine whether or not a combination of wires is responsible for the issue. Once you have done this, you will be able to determine whether or not the issue is caused by a single wire or by a combination of wires.
Once you have determined which wire or wires are damaged, the next step is to devise an effective strategy for replacing and/or reattaching them. This must be done before the electricity can be restored to your light fixture because failure to do so could result in shock or fire hazards.
Splicing the two ends of the wire back together is the most straightforward method for repairing a wire that has been damaged. If, on the other hand, your lamp receives its power through colored wires and you do not have a replacement set of wires in the same color, you will need to attach a new piece of exposed wire to the lamp. To do this, strip about half an inch of insulation from the end of the new wire, wrap it around each individual strand of the broken wire, twist each pair of two strands together to tie a knot inside the insulation that is holding them together, and then cover both individual wires with electrical tape.
If you have cut off the nub in order to attach a plug-in adapter for your test leads, then you will need to use one of the remaining edges of the cut nipple in order to thread your wire through and then push it back towards the base of the tool. If you do not have a replacement plug-in adapter, you can use a pebble or a bead to wedge against the bottom of your wire and push it back up into place until its top reaches the surface of the nipple, at which point it will be held in place by tension. If you do not have a replacement plug-in adapter, you can use a pebble or a bead instead.
After you have completed all of these steps, you can then replace the lamp’s base, reconnect the electrical cord, and take pleasure in the newly restored lamp.
To briefly review the steps we took to repair our lamp,
1) Make sure that the electricity supply to your touch lamp is cut off (this should be done every time you work on any electrical device, including fixing broken wires).
2) Remove the screws from the bottom of the plate that is holding the bulb, and then take the plate off and put it somewhere else.
3) Find the screws that are securing the touch sensor to the lamp base and unscrew them. To gain access to the wires, unscrew any other attachments such as the light cover or the globe.
4) Disconnect the light bulb, the power cord, and any wires that are routed through the nipple on the bottom of the lamp.
5) If the steps in the article above do not already correspond to the circumstances you are addressing, you should continue to follow them (typically, this involves cutting broken wire and connecting new wire).
6) Reattach everything in the reverse order in which it was removed: place the plate back over the bulb, screw the touch control box to the underside of the plate, connect new wiring where old wiring was cut off, secure all retainers back in place, restore electricity feeding into your fixture (simply turn it on again), test out your new fix, and enjoy your fully functional touch lamp once more.