If you experience dimming or flickering lights in your residence, don't disregard it as just an annoyance. While some situations, like a loose connection, are easy to repair, it could be a dangerous electrical problem that needs to be handled as fast as possible. Knowing when flickering or blinking lights is an easy solution and when it's essential to call an electrician before someone gets shocked or any electrical fires break out is vital.
Not every flicker of the lights signifies a serious problem. Instead, these are some simple and easy things to inspect that occasionally get neglected by some property owners. You may be one of the lucky ones and find that the issue is driven by something as straightforward as a loose connection with a light bulb, a loose light plug that is not fully plugged into the outlet, or an individual light switch or light fixture that ought to be replaced.
It might be a simple culprit if you witness an occasional light flicker with just one light or consistently when a larger appliance kicks on. Light bulbs that are loose in their socket will obtain an inconsistent power supply, which forces the flicker. So, first, turn off your light. Then, wait a while for the bulb to cool down before handling it. Finally, check to ensure the light bulb is screwed in tight and that it is the proper kind of bulb for the fixture.
The flickering or blinking lights could be caused by the kind of bulb you are using. A fluorescent bulb, for example, tends to flicker when it is heating up. If the type of bulb is the culprit and the flickering is frustrating to you, consider buying a more appropriate bulb that will not flicker when you use it.
If you are operating a dimmer switch, ensure the light bulb is dimmer compliant. It might be as simple as loose bulbs or the wrong kind of bulb for your dimmer switches. LED bulbs frequently flicker when they are used with a dimmer switch because the bulbs are incompatible with non-LED dimmers. You may even want to swap the bulb out for a smart bulb that won't require a physical dimmer switch. It could be a faulty light switch if this doesn't do the trick.
Also, ensure your plug has not come loose from your outlet. If the prongs on your plug are bent, simply unplug and pry the metal prongs open before plugging it back in.
These are some simple reasons that lights may be flickering in your home. First, check them out before calling electricians in Winter Park, FL, to come and investigate. Then, if you still cannot pinpoint the issue, contact us for an inspection. We are happy to come out and discover what the problem is and help you get it repaired.