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Why Are My Lights Flickering?

July 24, 2023 | Blog

Everyone dreams of flashing lights, glitz and glamour. However, when it comes to your home, flashing lights are not the kind of lights you want to have.

Here at Tim’s Southern Air, we care about our community. If you’re looking for electrical services in the South Louisiana area, Tim’s has specialists that are trained in electrical repair. Don’t let flickering lights dim your perspective and find out what might be the root of the cause of what may seem like an electrical nightmare.

You May Have A Loose Light Bulb

When you were younger, you may have heard the term “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey” when it comes to tightening and loosening things. This also applies to lightbulbs –if it’s not secured in its socket, this could create the flickering that’s going on above you. There is a very easy way to fix this:

  • Turn off the lights.
  • Wait for the lightbulb to cool off so you don’t burn yourself.
  • Once it is cool to the touch, carefully twist your light bulb into the socket until it feels tight.
  • If it’s still flickering, the bulb itself needs replacing.

After the bulb is secure, you can turn your lights back on and enjoy the atmosphere around you. However, if your lights are still flickering, there may be a sign of a much bigger problem.

There May Be A Rapid Change In Voltage

In one room alone, there may be dozens of electronics hooked up. Take the kitchen for example – you may have the oven, microwave, toaster and coffee maker plugged in. With all these appliances on the circuit, it may become too much to handle, causing the lights to flicker.

Circuit overload can happen often, and in that case, flickering typically happens for only a few seconds. However, if the problem persists and becomes worse, it could signal a rapid change in voltage.

If this is the case, you may need to update the system. If the voltage range is above or below the normal range of 115 to 125 volts, then it is time to contact an electrician to help alleviate the overhaul.

There Is Loose Wiring In The Home

Out of the issues that go hand in hand with flickering lights, this issue is one that needs to be acted upon quickly. The temperature of electric wires, when they overheat, can exceed 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Loose wires can lead to electrical fires, so it’s important to get this issue resolved as soon as possible.

Before the worst-case scenario happens, know that loose wiring can be caused by many things, including:

  • Wear and tear
  • Outdated wiring
  • Incorrect installation

If you think there is loose wiring in your home, it’s crucial that you contact an electrician before things take a turn for the worst.

How Tim’s Can Fix Your Flickering Lights

Lighting is one of the most important features of a home, and when the lights aren’t working properly, it could lead to a pricey disaster. If you’re dealing with flickering lights, Tim’s Southern Air has licensed professionals that will quickly respond to any electrical repair you need.

Need to hire an electrician? Contact Tim’s Southern Air by scheduling an appointment online or giving us a call!

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