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5 Reasons Your Spooky Lights Are Flickering

5 Reasons Your Spooky Lights Are Flickering

Halloween offers enough scare. No need to cause a fright on your own accord by putting off replacing that bothersome flickering light in your hallway, kitchen or family room. Sure, if you’re hosting a party or handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, a flickering light in the front entry way or on the porch might enhance the overall thrill and haunting of it all, but the truth is, you really should replace it sooner rather than later. It’s more than just a nuisance, it could be an indication that there’s a bigger problem at hand, one that should be fixed before you have visitors.

Why Flickering Lights Can be Dangerous

The most common cause of a flickering light is loose or outdated wiring. Wiring in this state is dangerous as it can lead to a fire. Don’t let this potential threat loom over you. Schedule an appointment with a licensed electrician as soon as possible so that can know for sure your house isn’t haunted.

Pay Attention to These 5 Common Causes

A flickering light can range from being somewhat harmless to a fire hazard. As a homeowner, you may not have the knowledge needed to determine how serious the problem is. There are a few simple things you can try on your own, but when it comes to handling your wiring, leave that kind of work to a professional. Here are some of the most common causes of a flickering light:

  • LEDs or Fluorescents: Due to various factors, these types of bulbs tend to flicker more than others. When you first turn on a fluorescent light, you'll notice that it flickers until the phosphors in the bulb reach max illumination. An LED light may flicker because of an improper connection to an electronic driver or dimmer switch. If changing the bulb doesn't rectify the issue, have an electrician check the connections to ensure everything looks good.
  • Loose Bulb: For many homeowners, the fix is as easy as tightening your bulb. Check to see that your bulb is fully screwed in. If you have an incandescent bulb that's flickering, we recommend upgrading to a CFL bulb as they are significantly more energy efficient and they last a great deal longer. Even if you have an incandescent bulb that seems to be lighting your home just fine, go ahead and switch it out with a CFL. Continuing to use these outdated bulbs will only cost you in the long run. If you need help determining which type of CFL bulb would be best for your home, our electricians can help! Check out our recent blog on kitchen lighting! You can also read our full list of lighting upgrade solutions.
  • Change in Voltage: When you turn on a high voltage appliance, does a light begin to flicker? This typically occurs when there’s a significant fluctuation in the voltage. If the flickering continues even after the appliance is shut off, it’s cause for a more serious concern and youshould call a professional electrician as soon as possible. You may also have a fluctuation problem if your lights dim out of your control or burn out frequently.
  • Broken Light Switch: If your bulb and light switch aren't properly connected, it could be the cause of your irritating light. Before calling an expert, you could try toggling the switch several times, or keeping the light off for a while. If neither of those solutions do the trick, then it means the switch should probably be changed.
  • Loose or Outdated Wiring: As we mentioned earlier, this is the leading cause of a flickering light, and also the most hazardous since it can lead to a house fire. If you can’t resolve your flickering light with a simple fix, hire a professional to help. Never attempt to repair your wiring on your own. When you handle damaged wiring without the proper knowledge surrounding your electrical system or make a faulty repair, you risk hurting yourself, your loved ones and your home.

24/7 Electric has the expertise to rid your home of your irritating and potentially dangerous flickering light once and for all! We will restore safety, functionality and peace of mind in a timely and effective manner. No matter what type of electrical problem you’re dealing with, our trusted team can help. Call now to schedule your appointment.

If you would like more information about electrical repairs, maintenance, or wiring services from 24/7 Electric, please call us at 587-315-1361 in Calgary or 778-557-1519 in Victoria, or complete our online request form.

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