Sometimes flickering can be fun and decorative, such as in flicker flame chandelier lights, but in most cases it is undesirable. While flickering isn’t often a cause for alarm, it is always best to make sure it’s not part of a larger issue.
If your lights flicker when you turn on an appliance with a high wattage, the reason could be because the voltage in your home is fluctuating too much. If the flickering lasts longer than the use of the appliance, this could be a symptom of a more serious electrical issue. Other signs that the voltage in your home isn’t right include lights that dim unexpectedly or that frequently burn out. Electricity typically flows into homes at around 120 volts. Although a little fluctuation is normal, your home should always be supplied with between 115 and 125 volts. You can check the voltage in your home by purchasing a device called a voltmeter. If your readings average above the desired range, you’ve found the cause of your lighting problem(s). In some cases, an appropriate solution is to purchase 130-volt light bulbs which can handle a higher voltage. However, it is always best to double check with an electrician.
Loose Electrical Wiring
Loose wiring is the most serious reason for flickering lights and a main cause of house fires. Shut off the light at the circuit breaker before removing the fixture to double check the wiring. If the fixture looks like it might be loose or insecure, it’s time to call an electrician. And even after this, if you still haven’t found a reason for your flickering lights, call an electrician to evaluate your home’s electrical wiring to be on the safe side.
It’s never a good idea to ignore a lighting or electrical problem. If you notice your lights flickering, always investigate, and if you can’t find the culprit or the problem persists, call us!