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What does rewire mean in this context:

After the castle’s candle brackets were all rewired, the king put in energy-saving light bulbs.

If there were candles before, then there were no wires. Then how can they RE-wire (as in wire again)?

it's from the book called "The Unofficial Harry Potter Vocabulary Builder" and all the information they provided on the matter in the book is this:

bracket (brak-et)

noun A fixture protruding from a wall or column to hold a lamp, candle, torch, or sign. / Chamber of Secrets, page 139

After the castle’s candle brackets were all rewired, the king put in energy-saving light bulbs.

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  • Why couldn't they have been first wired 50 years ago, and are only now being rewired?
    – gotube
    Oct 3, 2022 at 20:39
  • Oh God! Harry Potter again! Do NOT expect good writing from those books. Oct 3, 2022 at 21:57
  • You don't need new wiring to use energy-efficient bulbs. I daresay JK Rowling is not an electrician. Oct 3, 2022 at 21:58
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    Once they were wired for electrical bulbs, they weren't candle brackets any more, so it should be wired. Oct 4, 2022 at 6:01
  • Some electric light fittings are designed to look like candles or oil lamps. Maybe the reference is to these? Oct 4, 2022 at 13:13

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It just means "put in new wires". Yes it might logically incorrect, and perhaps a mistake, but it is a mistake of fact, and not a mistake of grammar.

It seems a common enough use. Here is a picture of a gas light "rewired for electricity"...Well I know that it means that the gas pipes have been replace with cables, so its not real rewiring. But I don't think that there is any doubt about the meaning.

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