Why are my lights flickering?


Random flickers can be quite common in homes and when they happen, they’re almost never a cause for much concern on your part. However, if you notice that your lights are flickering frequently, then something potentially dangerous could be happening and you need to call a professional as quickly as possible to come and take a look.

Lights flicker for a variety of reasons – usually because your system was momentarily overwhelmed when something that uses a lot of power is plugged into the wall. Other times its faulty wiring and equipment. Whatever it is, it’s important to get handle on the problem as soon as possible, just in case there’s a deeper issue. Here are some of the reasons why lights flicker and what you can do to fix them.

Faulty switches

If you’re finding that one particular light or set of bulbs is flicking, then your light switch might be the culprit. Light switches need to be changed because the switch themselves can overheat and cause an electrical fire. So when you’re noticing the same lights controlled by the same switch flickering, look to your light switch as the source of the problem.

Poor equipment/appliances

Today’s gadgets use significantly more power than they did years ago. Things like TV’s and vacuum cleaners can actually cause surges within your electrical systems which can cause the lights to flicker and in some cases, can cause your lights to look dim. When this happens, it’s usually the appliance or equipment that’s to blame. If this is the case be wary of what’s plugged in and what isn’t when you elect to use it – assuming that you feel that it’s still safe to. Calling the appliances manufacturer is advisable as you might need a replacement.

What about LED lights?
LED lights flickering usually has nothing to do with your system and everything to do with the dimmer switch on your lamps or fixtures. When you use dimmer switches in a traditional bulb, a piece of metal heats up and creates light. When you use the switch it gets brighter and dimmer. With an LED bulb, it turns off and on depending on the level you want it at, so it’ll flicker. It might be a bit annoying at first, but other than that, it’s completely harmless and you’ll be fine. If the LED light is not attached to a dimmer switch, then something else might be going on.

If your lights are flickering and you can’t figure out why or you’re experiencing burning odors, then it’s time to call a professional. If you need a free consultation, our team is available any time. Good luck!