Why do my Lights Keep Flickering?

When your lights start to flicker without any reason, you might feel like you're living in a horror movie. Ghosts may have a thing for electricity, but the usual source of flickering lights is (thankfully!) a lot less ominous.

Some light bulbs are prone to flickering, and others may simply start to flicker as they age and lose their power. Other times, flickering may indicate a problem with your home's electricity, so spotting the real reason is important if you want to resolve the issue swiftly.

In this blog post, we'll cover the three main reasons your lights won't stop flickering.

The Bulb is Loose

If you only have one particular light flickering, it's likely that the problem lies within that particular bulb. With lamps, the solution seems obvious, but recessed lighting with unexposed bulbs can make this possibility completely slip your mind.

Don't sweat it. Simply turn off your light, wait for the bulb to cool, then grab it using a heat resistant glove and twist it back into place. If the light still flickers after being tightened, the next step is to replace the bulb and test if the problem persists. If it does, then you have a bigger issue that's affected your light's source of power.

Faulty Light Switch

Your light switch sends a signal to your bulb that tells it when to turn on and off. If that electrical current gets obstructed, either by a wiring problem or something else, lights are prone to flicker and blink instead of stay consistent.

Sometimes, simply turning the switch on and off a few times can fix the issue, but if it doesn't, you should look into a replacement.

Voltage Function

If your lights start to flicker when you turn on an appliance, say the dishwasher or washing machine, you most likely have a problem with your home's voltage. Sometimes, even plugging chargers into a power outlet can cause other electrical appliances to falter and lights to flicker.

When flickering is related to changes in power consumption, that means your home isn't equipped to handle the output. Ignoring the problem can pose a major risk of electrical fires, so you shouldn't leave anything to chance. Instead, reduce your electrical use to what you know is a safe level and call a professional electrician ASAP.

Contact Fox & Sons for Your Lighting and Electrical Needs

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