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4 Reasons Why Your Lights Are Flickering

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Lights that flicker are a common problem that many homeowners attribute to a faulty bulb or a ghostly spirit on Halloween. In reality, a single flickering bulb every now and then typically isn't a big issue. However, if the lights in your home constantly flicker, or lights in multiple rooms flicker, the problem could be very serious.

Here are a few of the most common reasons why the lights flicker.

1. Loose and Faulty Connections

Your home's electrical system is made up of a complex system of connections. Each connection must be tight to ensure the electricity flows smoothly. Any interruption in the system, whether it be at the circuit breaker or at the light switch, can cause your lights to flicker. In addition to being an annoyance, these loose connections can be very dangerous.

A loose connection can occur anywhere in the home. If you are having issues with a single light flickering or flickering throughout an entire room, contact an electrician right away. If left unattended, a loose connection can ignite and start an electrical fire.

2. Sudden Changes in Voltage

All your lights, appliances, and gadgets share a set amount of voltage. Smaller appliances and your lights only use a small amount of this voltage. When you turn on an appliance, such as your dishwasher, washing machine, or dryer, there is a spike in your energy usage. This can cause your lights to flicker for a few seconds, particularly when the appliance switches on.

If your lights flicker only occasionally when appliances are turned on, there is no cause for concern. However, if they flicker each time any appliance switches on and continues to flicker several minutes or hours after the appliances is on, it could be an issue with the appliance or your home's circuitry.

Ask an electrician to check your home's voltage. The electrician will use a specialized device that will measure the voltage in your home as each appliance is turned on. If there are any serious fluctuation issues, your electrician can help you find a solution.

3. Different Bulb Types

Lightbulbs will flicker when they are getting older or not screwed in tightly enough. Additionally, different types of bulbs will also flicker for their own unique reason. For example, older fluorescent bulbs will flicker when you first switch on the light because the internal components need to heat up before they achieve maximum brightness.

When fluorescent bulbs flicker, that is considered normal, but if you have LED bulbs that flicker, the issue could be a faulty switch or issue with the fixture. Ask an electrician to check your fixtures to determine if there is a loose connection, or any other issue, outside the bulb.

4. Issues With Your Utility Provider

Finally, the issue with your flickering lights might not be an isolated incident. If bulbs throughout the entire home flicker frequently, and an electrician has determined your wiring is not at fault, talk to your neighbors to determine if the problem is widespread.

An issue with your utility provider's service could be to blame. If this is the case, contact them right away. Let your provider know how long the issue has occurred and that your neighbors are experiencing similar light problems. Your utility provider can determine the cause of your electrical disruptions and if the issue is potentially dangerous.

If you have issues with flickering lights intermittently or if your lights flicker all the time, an electrician can help you pinpoint the problem. Contact the professionals at Supreme Electric if you are having issues with flickering lights or for all your other electrical needs.