Flickering lights can be a perplexing and somewhat unnerving issue in any home. From the occasional flutter to persistent flickering, understanding the root causes and taking appropriate action is crucial for both comfort and safety.
Unravelling the Flicker:
Grid Issues and Voltage Surges:
Flickering lights can result from external factors such as grid issues, like a downed power line, or voltage surges caused by large current draws. While these issues may be temporary, it’s essential to rule out external factors before examining your home’s internal wiring.
Dimmer Switches and LED Bulbs:
Dimmer switches are often the culprits when it comes to flickering LED bulbs. The interaction between certain dimmer switches and LED technology can cause inconsistencies in lighting. Upgrading to dimmer switches specifically designed for LED compatibility can resolve this issue.
Fluorescent Lights and Phosphors:
Fluorescent lights are more prone to flickering due to the nature of phosphors, which take a few moments to reach peak illumination. If flickering persists with fluorescent lights, it may be worth considering newer, more energy-efficient alternatives.
Addressing the Issue:
Ensure Proper Bulb Installation:
Sometimes, the solution is as simple as ensuring the light bulb is securely screwed in. Loose bulbs can cause flickering, so double-check the installation to rule out this common issue.
Temporary vs. Continuous Flickering:
Temporary or sporadic flickering may be nothing to worry about, especially if it occurs during specific activities like turning on appliances. However, if you notice continuous flickering, it could indicate a more serious problem.
When to Call a Professional:
Loose wiring is a serious concern and a potential fire hazard. If you suspect this is the issue, or if you notice other signs like burning smells or scorch marks, it’s imperative to call a licensed electrician promptly.
Old or Damaged Fixtures:
Ageing or damaged fixtures can contribute to flickering lights. A qualified electrician can assess the condition of your fixtures and recommend repairs or replacements as needed.
While flickering lights may sometimes be a minor inconvenience, they can also signal underlying electrical issues that require attention. By understanding the potential causes and acting accordingly, you can ensure a well-lit and safe home environment. If in doubt or if the flickering persists, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Armitage Electrical. Your safety is paramount, and timely intervention can prevent more significant problems down the line.