Why Are My Lights Flickering?

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There are only two times in life where flickering lights are acceptable: holiday lights and haunted houses. So what does it mean if you have flickering lights but you aren’t singing holiday carols and Casper is MIA?

Here’s the good news: the issues behind flickering lights are easy to diagnose. Below are the most common causes and their remedies to get your home back to its happy, fully lit self.

Your Bulb is Loose

A bit of a palm-to-face moment, sometimes our bulbs are just a little loose. Turn off your lights and wait until the hot lightbulb cools (or opt for a heavy-duty glove) before checking. If you tighten the bulb and it still flickers, then the problem is a little less obvious.

You Have LED or Fluorescent Bulbs

LED and fluorescent bulbs are more prone to flickering than other types of bulbs. LED bulbs tend to flicker when you install them alongside non-compatible dimming systems. It’s normal for fluorescent bulbs to flash as their phosphors reach peak illumination.

Neither occurrence indicates a significant electrical problem. Check the compatibility for your current bulbs and switch them out for another type of bulb if the flickering bothers you.

It Only Happens WhenYou Run an Appliance

As our use of Wi-Fi and electronics increase, so does this problem. First, distinguish whether you have a dim or a flicker. If your lights lower and then perk up after a couple of seconds into your appliance use, it’s likely that your wiring is inadequate for your current tech setup. In that case, call us to discuss wiring upgrades.

If the lights flicker continuously while using the appliance, which is more unusual, then your tech is drawing a substantial and inconsistent current. There’s no need for concern.

If the flickering continues after you use the appliance, this may be a sign of a more serious electrical problem. The voltage in your home may not be right. Your best option is to purchase a voltmeter and check to see if your home’s voltage is between 115 and 125. If your reading comes out above average, it’s time to call an electrician. Specifically Nittolo & Son at (973) 377-2266 . (Not interested in buying a voltmeter? Skip ahead and give us a call. We’ve got you covered).

It’s Your Neighbors

If you share a transformer with one or more neighbors, their electrical use impacts yours. Although it’s a bit annoying, this is no cause for concern. Reach out to your neighbors to see if anyone else is experiencing similar issues. Maybe bring a pie. It’s the neighborly thing to do.

You Have Loose Electrical Wiring

Loose electrical wiring is a dangerous issue as it often leads to house fires. First, shut off your light at the circuit breaker. Then, remove the fixture to doublecheck the wiring for anything out of the ordinary. If you find anything that looks a bit odd, call Nittolo & Son.

Did you try everything on this list and still have flickering lights? You may have a ghost.

We’re kidding. If you can’t find the source of the problem, request a service visit. We’ll have your lights shining bright like a diamond in no time.

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