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Cost to rewire a lamp

If your favourite lamp is broken, this doesn’t mean the only place for it is the bin. It could be easily brought back to life by rewiring or another electrical repair. This is where the old cord is carefully stripped out and replaced with new wiring.

Lamp rewiring is a common job and it could cost less than you may think. This means it could be well worth seeking out an electrician and paying for a rewire for a much-loved, rare or valuable lamp.

In this guide, we’ll look at the average cost to rewire a lamp, whether it’s a desk lamp or a freestanding floor lamp.

How much does it cost to rewire a lamp?

Cost provided itemLow costHigh costAverage cost
Cost to rewire table lamp£27£32£30
Cost to rewire floor lamp£36£42£39
Cost to repair lamp - electrician (per hour)£40£45£42.50

The cost of rewiring a lamp depends on the type, size and make of the lamp. Antique lamps, for example, can be a little trickier to rewire so can cost more. It often depends whether the electrician has the right cabling, bulbs and lamp bulbs in stock for your particular lamp.

You can expect to pay around £30 to have a basic table or angled lamp rewired by an electrician. This depends on whether or not you have a new switch installed at the same time.

Floor lamp rewiring cost

Being larger, floor lamps typically cost more to rewire than a table or desk lamp. Again, the cost depends on the size, type and make of the lamp.

The typical floor lamp rewiring cost is between £36 and £42, depending on whether you have a new switch installed.

Cost to fix broken lamp

It may be the case that your broken lamp doesn’t need a full rewire. It may have another fault, one that a trained electrician can identify and fix.

The time it takes to inspect your lamp and carry out the repair (if it can be fixed) varies. But the average rate for an electrician is £40 to £45 per hour.

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FAQscost to fix broken lamp

Can any lamp be rewired?

Unfortunately, some lamps simply aren’t suitable for rewiring. It’s often the case that antique and vintage lamps can’t be rewired, so can’t be brought back to functional use. You may also find the same situation with unusual bespoke designs or other non-standard lamps.

One of the main obstacles to rewiring these kinds of lamps is that it may not be possible to fit new insulated cable inside. To find out if your lamp can be brought back to life, have it checked over by a professional electrician.

Can I rewire a lamp myself?

It’s always recommended to use a trained and qualified electrician for this kind of job. This will give you the peace of mind that the work will be completed safely and correctly. It will also reduce the chances of further problems (such as an incorrectly wired lamp blowing a fuse or malfunctioning) later on.

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