Not all situations where lights are flickering indicate a serious problem with your home’s electrical system. It’s more important to figure out what lights flicker and how. The fact is, this is a pretty common problem that has a number of explanations. To better understand how to address flickering lights, you need to tailor the solution to the particular situation.
A Single Flickering Light
If only one light bulb is flickering, the problem is usually the bulb. The first step is to make sure that the bulb is screwed in all the way. If the bulb is out of place, the connection with the socket may be interrupted. In some cases, unscrewing the bulb completely and putting it back in can fix the issue. For your safety, make sure to turn the light off before you do it. If the light continues flickering when you turn it back on, it may mean that the bulb is close to the end of its lifespan and needs replacing.
If replacing the bulb doesn’t work, move to the light switch. Turn the switch for the light on and off several times to see if the flickering stops. If it doesn’t the switch may need replacing by an electrician. Also, if you replace a bulb in a lamp that plugs into the wall and it still doesn’t work, try to plug it into a different socket. The issue may lie with the socket. When this type of problem is present, it is best to call a professional. In-depth electrical work is often dangerous.
All Your Home’s Lights Flicker
If all the lights in your home have started flickering, you may have a larger issue on your hands. This may be the result of inclement weather; however, if it is happening regularly, the voltage in your home may have started fluctuating. Make sure to note when the flickering occurs so you can give an electrician the details. Be sure to have the situation evaluated by a professional before it gets worse.
The Lights Flicker then Light Up Completely
Have you noticed the lights flicker just for a moment right after you turn the switch on and then reach and keep full illumination just a few minutes later? If you use fluorescent bulbs, this is a normal occurrence. This is natural in these lights and as long as the flickering stops after the bulb is lit up, there is no real problem present. There are some energy-saving bulbs that also take a few minutes to light up all the way.
If you are still unsure of the problem, then it is best to call a professional electrician to evaluate the situation. They can determine the underlying cause of the flickering and ensure the issue is resolved. Over time, if the problem persists, it is only going to get worse. In the long run, it may result in the need for more extensive and expensive repairs.