Cord Grips Explained.

Cord grips on a lamp are a very important part of the installation, as they are used to stop any pulling of the flex causing the wires to come out of the lampholder connections. You need to imagine holding the lamp up by the wire and ensuring there is no strain on the connections.

Cord grips can be used in many different ways and sometimes not always the way they may of been made for.

Wooden Base:

Generally if you have a block of wood and a cable is running along it i.e a standard table lamp the cables comes out the bottom then runs along the base that have feet then this cord grip would work the best:


This style of cord grip could also be used on a piece of metal if you have self tapping screws or if you can drill small pilot holes for the screws then this can be used.

This would not be found on a ceramic or glass item as you cant use any screws to hold it into position

Ceramic / Glass Lamp:

If you have a ceramic or glass lamp then the above cord grip will not work however there are 2 cord grip that work really well for ceramic and bottle lamps but only if the cable is being run through the item and coming out of a standard 10mm sized hole.

3 core Version:

This figure of 8 is the perfect cord grip however it can a couple of attempts to get it in the correct position, as this needs to sit right behind the hole the cable exits the lamp. As seen below.


2 Core Version:

The 2 core version is the exact same as the 3 core in terms of positioning and usage the physical item is slightly different as it will only fit a 2 core flat cable.

 Pendant Style:

Some lampholder have built in cord grips to enable you to hang them from a cable liek the one in the image below.


You can also take a standard 10mm entry lampholder and add a 10mm male threaded cord grip into the base this will convert any style lampholder into a pendant type.

Generic Types:

Cord grips with male and female 10mm / 1/2" threads on are more generic the most popular use for the male version is to screw into the base of a lampholder allowing it to be hung from a cable.

These styles can also be use on a sheet of metal for example where you can put a nut on the other side to hold it to position, or you can glue them into position like into a back of a piece of wood for example.

The female style threads only really fit on the end of a threaded rod.



Side Entry:

These cord grips are a 2 in 1 style cord grip as not only do they grip the cable they also allow you to use them if you cannot bring the cable up the middle of the light fitting, like a bottle for example, if you cannot drill the glass then you need to bring the cable in below the lampholder externally.

These are perfect for that job, they screw down onto a fixing point like a backplate or rubber bung then a lampholder will simply screw on top creating a side entry position for the cable. 

We offer several colours in the range with more to follow:




Old English:

Ceiling / Wall Grips:

We have a couple of Italian made ceiling and wall clips and grips, perfect for altering or routing a cables path along a ceiling or wall.

Walls and ceiling clips:

black-round-clip-ls.jpg Perfect for changing the route of a cable along a wall.

V Shaped Ceiling Hooks:

black-v-clip-ls.jpg These are not exactly a cord grips but are great for creating loops in cables on the ceiling.

Ceiling Grip:

lzyhbz03zl1__63322.1513078686.jpgThe idea of these is to adjust the position of a drop of a cable, for example if you have a center light but the dinning room table cant fit in the middle and you want the light directly over the top, you would then use one of these to move the cable to the desired position.


I hope this gives you a little more of an understanding on how the cord grips work.

If you have any questions leave a comment below or contact us.

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