What Causes Flickering Lights?

Flickering lights are an annoyance for many homeowners. It can even be a little frightening when it happens unexpectedly, as it’s somewhat reminiscent of the horror movies we’ve all seen. There’s no need to worry, though, as it’s completely normal for flickering to occur on occasion. If it’s started happening regularly or is becoming a severe problem, however, it might be time for you to investigate. 

Your residential electrical repair technicians from Bailey & Shipp Electric list some of the possible causes of flickering lights below.

1. Sudden Power Surges

Larger appliances can pull 100 amps or more from your wiring when they’re cycling on, causing your lights to flicker and dim for a moment. To make sure it’s nothing serious, have your electrician inspect the wiring. The problem could be with how the running equipment is wired. It may only get worse if they’re overpowering the circuit.

2. Loose Light Bulbs

Another reason for flickering lights could be that one of your light bulbs isn’t seated properly in its socket. This can result in regular flickering, as well as inconsistent connections. Make sure it’s tightly screwed in to prevent a decline in your electric current.

3. Loose Connections

Sometimes, flickering lights aren’t contained to a certain part of your home. If this is the case, and it’s not due to a large appliance cycling on, it could mean the service conductors in your central electrical panel are loose. Calling in licensed residential electricians is imperative in this situation, as loose connections are a fire hazard.

4. Electrical Usage From Neighbors

The varying loads of your neighbors’ homes can impact your electrical supply. So, if your light flickers, it could mean your neighbor’s electrical usage is greater than that of your house. Your electrician can help locate the issue, but if this also happens around you, it’s best to report it to your utility service provider.

Bailey & Shipp Electric is your leading contractor for electrical repair and generator installation services. Give us a call at (410) 457-3507 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Columbia, MD.

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