What’s in a Socket?

Electrical lamp sockets from Sundial Wire

One of the things we realized early on was the fact that when people were replacing the electrical wire on their lamps they often needed a good socket as well. Since all sockets are not created equal we thought we’d give a short primer of the different types of sockets and their various components.

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Happy Anniversary to Phil & Ester

Wedding light fixtures

Sometimes our customers astonish us by turning something basic into the extraordinary. At Sundial Wire we sell quite a bit of black twisted pair wire, in fact it’s our number one seller. So when someone buys a spool of it we don’t always ask ourselves what they plan to do with it because hey – it’s the little black dress of electrical wire.

Which made us all the more tickled when we read about Ester and Phil’s wedding a few years back and their use of black twisted pair wire to illuminate dozens of Edison style bulbs for a beautiful maker style wedding.

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Lisa Raphael – Raphael Creations

Raphael Creations vintage camera lamp

We’d like to introduce Lisa Raphael of Raphael Creations. Lisa has been a Sundial Wire customer since 2012 and we chatted with her to find out more about her work and the process she brings to creating her pieces.

Lisa Raphael of Raphael Creations

Sundial Wire: Could you describe your work and how you got started making lighting?

Lisa Raphael: Growing up, I collected many different artifacts – from cameras to typewriters and instruments. I create functional artwork out of vintage non-working materials. Raphael Creations started with an old Underwood typewriter that was collecting dust. Next thing you know, I turned it into a lamp. I literally started creating lighting out of anything I could get my hands on as long as it was early 1800s and 1900s. Continue reading Lisa Raphael – Raphael Creations