There are many different types of light sockets available, with each working with specific forms of light bulbs and fixtures. Ensuring the right socket and bulb combination, as well as the suitability of the socket with the fixture, is always important.
For ease of use, the clip in light socket is ideal in many different types of fixtures. The “clip in” refers to how the bulb inserts into the socket, and not as to how the socket connects with the fixture.
Attaching the Bulb
To attach a bulb to the clip in light socket, ensure you are using a bi-pin bulb. The typical socket uses a spring steel tab mounted in the interior shape of the socket to form the clip or the snap in component of the socket.
The bi-pin bulb is simply lined up with the widest part of the socket and slide down. The slight downward pressure on the base of the bulb pushes the spring steel snap in clip wider, allowing the pins to drop into position. The spring then slides back into place, securing the pins in the socket.
With the use of spring metal, the bulb is always securely held in place. It is easy to change out bulbs as needed. It does not involve the twisting motion required with other types of bi-pin bulbs and tubes. It can be used in any position from overhead fixtures to horizontal types of mounts or in any location and direction as needed.
Attaching the Socket
The clip in light socket attaches to the ballast the same way other types of sockets. The two wires are simply connected to the corresponding wires from the ballast. These wires come with standard nine-inch leads, but some companies provide for custom lead lengths with minimum order requirements.