When your lights starting flickering, you’re likely to start thinking that your electricity may be about to go out and wonder whether you need to call in an electrician. The approach you take will depend on the reason for the Flickering Lights. Here are some causes of flickering lights that will help you to decide when calling in an electrical contractor may be necessary.
There are a number of reasons why your lights could be flickering, some of which are far easy to resolve than others. Bad or loose light bulbs and an incomplete electrical connection between a bulb and a socket are easy to fix.
Other problems such as the overloading of your electrical circuit, will require you to call out a certified electrician. If you live in an area like Encino in the greater Los Angeles area, a local certified electrician will be able to perform an inspection for you and make recommendations.
Bad or loose bulbs
Fluorescent lights usually flicker more than LED and other types of bulbs. The age of the bulb and the warm-up cycle are common causes of flickering. If a single light bulb is flickering, it’s easy enough to replace it with a new one and this will usually sort out the problem.
If a bulb isn’t screwed in properly, it can result in flickering because the electrical connection is weak. Simply tightening the bulb will fix this problem.
A circuit breaker issue
Other causes of flickering lights may be more difficult to address. Flickering lights could be caused by a circuit breaker issue. In this case, you may need to call out a licensed electrician to do a circuit diagnosis.
If you live in a place like Encino in the greater Los Angeles area, you can call out a certified electrician to check whether you have a faulty circuit. This could be dangerous and must be sorted out or it could cause a fire.
Appliances that use lots of electricity also lead to flickering lights. The electrical panel in a home may become overloaded if you’re using too many electrical appliances that draw too much current.
It’s a problem if high-demand appliances are on the same circuits as lighting and you may have to add another circuit or two to address the problem.
Problems with your electric company
Of course, your lights could simply be flickering due to problems with your electric company. Find out whether your neighbors are experiencing the same problem and you’ll have your answer. You will need to call your electric company to resolve the problem.
Now you know what could lie behind the flickering lights in your home. If it’s a more serious issue, such as a problem with your circuit breaker, you will need to call in a licensed electrician.
Hoffer Electric has experienced electricians working throughout the Los Angeles area.
Contact us at (323) 922-5205 or (818) 999-4190 to schedule an appointment. If you want to install new circuits and breakers, upgrade a panel or simply need some troubleshooting, we have you covered.