Often a home’s electrical system will give some warning signs that there is an electrical problem. One way an electrical problem speaks to a homeowner is with flickering lights. When lights flicker there is a problem. Some of them are small problems, while other times it can be a sign of a future disaster. Burley Electrical Services will share what will causes lights to flicker and when to seek professional assistance.
Current Draw of a Circuit
Lights will often flicker during periods of current draw from larger appliances. One of the most common current draw culprits is the washer and dryer, as well as the HVAC system. When one of these appliances is running and the lights flicker, this often indicates their isn’t sufficient amount of amps or there is another underlying problem in the circuit. If lights are flickering when an appliance is running, it is not a major problem but one worth investigating.
Loose Electrical Wiring Connection
If only a single light fixture flickers and the entire circuit line isn’t affected, then this shows a bad connection. The light fixture may need to be rewired to ensure the connections are good. If the lights in an entire room flicker, there can be a faulty connection in the light switch itself. If the light fixture is a free stand table or floor lamp, often it has problems internally and has a bad cord. Again, if you are unsure where the problem is originating, seek professional assistance.
Loose Light Bulb Socket
If you notice your lights flickering accompanied with a rattling noise, this is a simple problem to correct. Essentially, the light bulbs are too loose and need to be tightened. However, don’t over tighten the light bulb as it can cause damage to the light bulb socket.
Toggle & Rotary Dimmer Light Switch
It is not common for LED light bulbs to flicker. However, when they do, it could be due to the light switch. Light switches, and particularly dimmer light switches, have a flickering problem even with LED bulbs. The majority of dimmer switches are not made to handle higher electrical loads. To correct this problem try using lower wattage LED bulb and see if the other bulbs were simply too high.
Fluorescent Light Bulb Problems
Depending on the types of light bulb and its age, it can develop certain problems, one being flickering. Fluorescent light bulbs have aging problems. When this happens they tend to warm up and trigger flickering. When bulbs age, consider replacing them if they flicker and see if that corrects the problem. If not, you may need to contact a professional to help locate the problem.
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If there is a loose connection or the electrical system is being overloaded when larger appliances are in use, it is recommended to seek professional electrical inspections. Loose connections or overloading your home’s electrical system can trigger house fires. If wiring is exposed or a circuit line is overheating, a fire can happen. To prevent an electrically caused disaster, contact a professional electrician. For quality residential and commercial electrical services, contact Burley Electrical Services and schedule our services today.