Rewiring/Upgrading Toucan Lamp


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Old 12-27-20, 10:34 AM
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Rewiring/Upgrading Toucan Lamp

Hi. I have very little experience with rewiring a lamp. Just the basics. I own a Toucan lamp from the 70s. (Full disclosure: Its a knockoff, made in Hong Kong.) The socket for the lightbulb is inferior, which makes the lamp unsafe. (See attached pics.) I want to upgrade it, replacing the socket, either with an incandescent or LED socket. (Currently it uses an S11 intermediary base lightbulb.)

Is it possible to get a socket that can fit in the holder built into the beak (aka is that a standard-sized piece?) or do I need to think bigger, i.e. improvising a way to install a new, safer socket?

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Old 12-27-20, 12:43 PM
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The socket is not unsafe. The lamp was too too high wattage and got hot. If you can find the same socket and LED version of the lamp you will be fine.
 
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The original socket was likely safe enough but it appears someone used a bulb of too high a wattage. If it works it's probably safe to continue to use, especially with an LED bulb. No, you are unlikely to find a socket that will just lock in place without having to do any work. You can use glue to adhere a new socket. You can go to a small E12 or E17 socket size and use incandescent or LED bulbs. That would help prevent someone from installing too high a wattage bulb. Or you can glue in a LED light that does not have a replaceable bulb.
 
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Old 12-27-20, 02:20 PM
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Thanks for these tips! I'll try a low wattage S11 intermediate bulb--10w or 7.5w?--or an LED version.
 
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I'd use an LED bulb to keep the temperature to a minimum.
 
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What is the wattage of the bulb that was in there.
 
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"What is the wattage of the bulb that was in there."
25 watts.
 
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Old 01-01-21, 02:58 PM
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I got an LED 15watt (using 1.5w). Works like a charm. Thanks so much!!
 
 

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