Why Are My Lights Flickering?


You walk into a room and all of a sudden the lights start flickering. This sounds like the setup for a horror movie, but in reality, your home just needs an electrical repair. When the lights start flickering, address these areas for possible repair.

Sometimes the actual light bulb can be blamed for a flickering light. If you like to use fluorescent bulbs then keep in mind that cold temperatures can make them flutter. Even just powering up and receiving too much electricity can cause them to seem like they’re dying out, but this is normal. LED lights will also flicker if they are in a socket that is attached to a dimmer switch. Dimmer switches are used to handling more power than what an LED bulb uses.

Snug Fit
If the connection between the socket and the bulb is loose, flickering will exist. By tightening the bulb with a simple twist to the right, it’s possible that all of your problems will be solved. Something as simple as having a tight fitted connection is all you need.

Faulty Wiring
A flickering light can sometimes be a bit more serious than just a loose connection or a bad light bulb. Having faulty and old electrical wires in your home is one of the main causes of house fires each year. Updating electrical lines, connectors, and the breaker box is severely important so you can have a steady current of electricity without the worry of it being a fire hazard.

When you find yourself in a room with a flickering light and an uneasy feeling, don’t run to the phone to call the police. Instead, run to the phone to call Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical so you can have your home’s wiring and breaker box repaired. To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (717) 207-8198.

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