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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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Tips For Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

tips for hanging outdoor Christmas lightsBelieve it or not, some people look forward to hanging outdoor Christmas lights. If you’re one of those people who already have your plan laid out, this blog probably won’t interest you. If you’re not one of the people with happy thoughts about hanging Christmas lights, then read on. We can help you with a few tips for hanging outdoor Christmas Lights.

Highlight Your Focal Point

When you begin planning your outdoor Christmas light display, make sure you step back and envision how the lights will look when you’re done. Do you have a focal point that you need to highlight? Maybe you have beautiful columns on either side or your door or a roomy porch. If you plan ahead and make sure you highlight the right areas of your home, your lights will look spectacular and make your house look festive just in time for the holidays.

Popular Places to Hang Lights

Besides hanging lights on your roofline or gutter system, many people also light up bushes, hedges and trees. You can run lights around pillars, posts and deck railings for a unique look. Windows and door frames are often perfect for hanging lights and the framing makes it easy. You may also want to run lights down your driveway or on particular paths around your home. Where ever you decide hanging Christmas lights makes sense, make sure you consider safety issues like how far the area is from outdoor outlets and if the wiring will be in a safe place where no one can trip or fall.

Gather Your Lights and Extension Cords

One of our tips for hanging outdoor christmas lights includes measuring. Measure areas you want to light and determine how many lights you need. The more lights you put up and the closer you run the lights the lighter and brighter your Christmas display will be.   It is much easier to plan ahead with the right amount of light strands than try to add a strand of lights later on.  Make sure your extension cords are UL approved for outdoor use and make sure your lights can also be used outdoors. Make sure if you’ve saved lights from last year that they are in good condition. Avoid frayed or damaged cords. Remember that a strand that isn’t working could ruin your display or worse yet, start a fire.

A Case For LEDS

LED lights will save you money on energy costs. They also don’t overheat so you don’t have to worry about that. LED lights are quite popular Christmas lights and come in a variety of styles.

Tips For Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

Have a helper if you are hanging outdoor Christmas lights.  It makes things go so much easier and you will be less likely to fall off a ladder.  Always hang lights from sturdy eaves and tree branches.  If you experience electrical problems when hanging Christmas lights, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We offer fast friendly electrical repairs and after hours we have emergency electrical repairs 24/7. Good luck hanging Christmas lights. We hope this season is filled with safe happy memories.

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