Stack Electric, on why your home lights are flickering and what you can do about it.
Flickering lights in your home can be an annoyance at best, and at worst, a sign of a potentially hazardous electrical issue. Understanding the reasons behind this flickering is key to determining whether you need to call Stack Electric or if there’s a simpler fix at hand. Here are some common reasons your home lights may be flickering:
Loose Bulbs: Sometimes the solution is as simple as tightening the light bulb in its socket. A loose bulb can cause intermittent connections and result in flickering.
Type of Bulb: Different types of bulbs, like fluorescents or energy-saving bulbs, are known to flicker more than others. LED bulbs can flicker if they are non-dimmable or if they’re on a dimmer that’s not LED-compatible.
Minor fluctuations in your home’s voltage can cause lights to flicker. These are usually benign, but if you notice more severe fluctuations, it could point to a larger issue with your home’s electrical system.
Faulty Light Switches
A faulty or aging light switch can also be the culprit. If the flickering is isolated to one light fixture and is controlled by a single switch, consider inspecting the switch or having it replaced.
If too many appliances are running on one circuit, it can cause your lights to flicker. This is because these appliances draw more current, causing a temporary drop in voltage.
Loose Connections or Outdated Wiring
Loose wiring is a serious concern and a common cause of house fires. If the wiring is old or improperly connected, it can cause your lights to flicker and warrants immediate attention.
Problems with the Meter Box or Service Feed
Issues at the point where electricity enters your home, such as a meter box with loose connections or a service feed that’s beginning to fail, can also cause flickering. These issues can be dangerous and should be inspected by Stack Electric.
Electrical Grid Problems
Sometimes the problem is not within the home but with the electrical grid supplying power. Large appliances switching on and off in your neighborhood can cause fluctuations that result in flickering. Don’t hessite to call your hydro provider, they will check this for free in most cases.
The problem could also be with the light fixture itself. Faulty ballasts in fluorescent fixtures or a broken light socket could be the reason your lights are flickering.
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If the flickering is persistent, affecting multiple lights, comes with a noticeable change in the brightness of lights, or is accompanied by a buzzing sound, it’s time to call an electrician. They can diagnose the problem safely and effectively, ensuring your home’s electrical system is functioning properly.
Regular maintenance of your home’s electrical system and having Stack Electric do a safety inspection can help prevent these issues from occurring. Remember, while some fixes may seem simple, it’s always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to your home and your safety.
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