Flickering lights, are they a cause for concern? If your lights flicker,
you may be worried about your home’s
electrical system and if it’s safe, especially if you’re living in an
older home. If your lights are flickering on a regular basis, it’s time to get
down to the bottom of the issue. Because, in some cases, flickering lights
can be a sign of a hazardous condition.
For starters, we want it known that there is a difference between “flickering”
and “dimming.” If lights are flashing (going lighter and dimming)
more than once per a second, this is called
flickering. But if the lights get a little darker and stay at a lower brightness
for a period of time, then that is called
Why Do Lights Flicker?
There are a number of reasons why lights flicker – some of them are
harmless while others can be dangerous. For example, if a lightbulb is
loose, it can cause a light fixture or lamp to flicker. Or, if a plug
is loose, it too can cause lights to flicker. Neither situation is a big deal.
If you have a light dimmer with an incompatible lightbulb, such as an LED
bulb, it can flicker if it’s set too low. This situation may be
annoying, but it’s not dangerous. To solve the problem, all you
do is switch to a different LED light, or you can change the dimmer.
A light can flicker because there is a large electrical load someplace
nearby, outside of the house, such as at a factory located close by. While
this should not place anyone in danger, it can reduce the life of the
appliances in the home, so it should be reported to your utility company
sooner than later.
Dangerous Electrical Problems
Sometimes, flickering lights are a sign of danger. One of the most dangerous
situations is when there is a loose connection in the home. In these cases,
there is a loose connection someplace between the light and where the
electrical service is entering the home. These situations are hazardous
and should be handled by a licensed electrical contractor ASAP.
“What if my lights only flicker when I’m using a certain appliance?”
In that case, the issue could have to do with the wiring that goes from
the service entrance to the specific appliance. If the lights are flickering
as opposed to dimming, it’s likely that the appliance is drawing
too much of a current, or the current is unstable or varying – this
is highly uncommon, but it does happen once in a while and should be checked
out by an electrician.
Home Electrical Safety: Are You Knowledgeable?
If your lights are flickering and it’s more complicated than changing
contact Lightning Bug Electric to work with an Atlanta electrical contractor, who can troubleshoot the
problem and get it taken care of once and for all.