Why Does My Home Have Flickering Lights?

Flickering lights

Why Are The Lights Flickering in My House?

One of the most serious causes of flickering lights is loose wiring, which can potentially be dangerous because loose wiring can lead to house fires. Therefore, it's important to rule this option out if you notice flickering lights in your home. Before checking the wiring, turn off the light at the circuit breaker. When the fixture appears loose, contact Ryan Electrical Services. Sometimes flickering lights can just be caused by a faulty light switch. Whatever the case may be, our residential electrician will gladly provide an assessment and get to work.

Common Causes of Flickering Lights

Flickering lights can be quite a nuisance but it doesn’t necessarily mean there is something wrong with the electrical system. What you really need to pay attention to is which lights are flickering.

  • Single Flickering Light - When you notice just a single light bulb flickering, the problem is most likely with that particular bulb. Unscrew the light bulb and then re-screw it back into place just to make sure it’s not loose. Make sure to switch the light off beforehand and if the light is still flickering, the bulb probably needs to be thrown out.

  • Every Light is Flickering - If you notice every light in your home flicker, then you might have a larger issue going on. Although lights can flicker due to inclement weather, when it happens on a regular basis, the voltage in your home could be fluctuating. In this case, contact professional electricians immediately.

  • Lights Flicker & Then Light Up - Another common occurrence that homeowners experience is lights flickering for a second right after being turned on and then they light up moments after. This is supposed to happen in fluorescent bulbs as long as the flickering stops.

Call Ryan Electrical Service today at (845) 513-3344 or contact us online to schedule an electrical inspection in Pearl River!

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