What to Do about Flickering Lights

Sometimes when lights flicker, it is enchanting – that is, if they are meant to flicker. However, in most instances, a light that flickers indicates a fault in the electrical system or with the light itself. When this happens, you need to pay attention to the warning signs.

Fluorescent Flickering

Some types of illumination have a tendency to flicker more than others. For instance, fluorescent lights may flicker when they are first switched on until they reach optimum illumination. They may also flicker if they are connected to a defective ballast. LED lights often flicker when they are not installed properly or if they are linked to some types of dimming systems.

In some cases, a light bulb will flicker because it has not been screwed tight enough into the socket. If you discover that your light bulb still flickers after you adjust it, the problem must lie with the lamp or the fixture.

Contact an Electrician Immediately

If your lights flicker when you switch on a high-watt appliance, it means the voltage is fluctuating more than it should. If the lights continue to flicker after the appliance has been used, you need to contact a residential emergency electrician about the issue.

If you notice that your lights dim without warning or that they often burn out, you need to have an electrician review and address the problem. Although some voltage fluctuations are normal, they should not be excessive. If you find dimming or flickering of lights to be ongoing problems, you should get the issues checked by an electrician without delay.

Probably the most serious reason for flickering is loose wiring. This type of issue should be immediately addressed, as loose wiring can lead to a fire. If a fixture appears to be loose, you need to call an electrical professional. It is always good to schedule periodic inspections of your home’s or office’s wiring to meet compliance requirements.

Minimise the Fire Risk

Never ignore an electrical problem, as it may not be as harmless as it appears. Some homeowners dismiss a light when it flickers every now and then. However, do not take this stance with any electrical system. Always contact an electrician to inspect your home’s wiring and electrical outlets. Doing so will keep your family safe and minimise the fire risk.

You also have to take the same approach if you repeatedly experience unexpected dimming. Dimming, when it is not intended, may result from an overloaded circuit, issues with your power grid, or a loose or corroded wire. These types of problems should not be investigated by a do-it-yourselfer; they need to be evaluated by a professional in the electrical field. Whilst you can guess at what the problem may be, you need to have the issue confirmed by an experienced electrician.

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