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Flickering Lights: When To Call An Electrician

Flickering lightsFlickering lights are one of the more annoying things that you can deal with in your home. Instead of bright light illuminating a room, a flickering bulb halfheartedly lights up a space and can drive anyone crazy. Although super hard to ignore, flickering lights usually are no big deal besides being a nuisance. Sometimes, however, it can be a sign of a bigger issue. This article will break down some causes of flickering lights and whether you should be worried about them or not.  If you’re not sure what the problem is, call your Northern Kentucky Electrician, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.

Fluorescent and LED Lights

Some bulbs are more prone to flickering than others. Sometimes fluorescent lights will flicker for a few minutes when you just turn them on as they warm up, and some LED lights flicker when not properly connected to a driver or a dimmer switch. These are not serious issues so do not be too worried, but you may still want to replace the lights if the flickering gets too annoying.

Loose Bulb or Faulty Switch

Loose bulbs and faulty switches are two other reasons that your lights are flickering that do not warrant serious action to fix. For loose bulbs, turn off your light and once it has cooled down try screwing the bulb back in tighter. If the switch is acting up, try toggling it on and off or letting it sit for a while. If you turn it back on and neither of these quick fixes turn out to be the solution, then your problem lies elsewhere.

Voltage Fluctuation

If your lights flicker when you turn on an appliance with high wattage, you could have a problem with your voltage fluctuating too much. Other signs are lights that seem to dim or frequently burn out. Electricity typically flows into homes at 120 volts and fluctuates between 115 and 125. You can check the voltage flowing through your home with a device called a voltmeter if you have one. If the average is outside of the 115 to 125 range, call an electrician and get some help.

Loose Electrical Wiring Causes Flickering Lights

Loose wiring is the most common cause of flickering lights and also a major cause of house fires. Shut off the light at the circuit breaker before removing the fixture, then double check the wiring. If it looks loose or insecure, you need to call an electrician. Or if even after this you still have not found the reason, call an electrician to figure out what the issue really is.

Now that you know what to look for when it comes to flickering lights, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, the best place for electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky.

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What to Do With Flickering Lights

Flickering LIghtsShould you notice your lights flickering, you need to determine the cause.  Sometimes it is just as simple as tightening the bulb or replacing the bulb.  Other times, the repair is not that simple and you will need to call your electrician.

Flickering Lights are Clues

Watch the flickering lights.  Do they suddenly dim and then get brighter or do they seem to momentarily brighten and then dim.  Being able to tell your electrician this will help in troubleshooting the problem.  It could be a loose connection at the circuit breaker box or a faulty connection somewhere else.  It could be the wires don’t have proper ground or neutral.  Watching how the lights flicker will help determine the problem.

Load

Many times lights flickering are caused by  circuit overload  in the building.  This often happens when motors are turned on.  Anything from a washing machine to your neighbors septic tank.    Watch to see if  they flicker when other items are turned on causing too much electricity to be drawn at the same time?  This can be a problem, as you don’t want to blow a fuse or overload an appliance.  Surges and spikes in electricity can also cause lights to flicker.

Faulty Dimmer Switch

Another common problem is a faulty dimmer switch at the wall.  These can cause your lights to dim and brighten.  It could be the switch needs to be replaced or the wiring is loose.  Many times these switches are not rated for the correct load being used.  Installing the proper switch can fix this problem and reduce fire safety hazards.

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you will all your electric needs including lights flickering.  We are located in Florence Kentucky but we service all of Northern Kentucky.  If you need an electrician, check out our website and see that our service and reputation are backed by license and experience.  Call Us today!

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