Troubleshooting Flickering Lights


Troubleshooting Flickering Lights


Flickering lights are not just annoying, they are potentially dangerous! Very dangerous! Flickering lights could be warning you of a more serious issue and one that could easily result in a home or business fire. As any fireman will tell you – “It’s never a good idea to ignore any lighting or electrical problem.”

Before you call American Electric, try turning off the power at the breaker box and make sure the bulb is properly screwed in or installed. If it is, it’s time to call us…904.721.4044 and we will give you all the help you need.

Flickering Lights Can Be Caused By Serious Issues Like:

Loose Wiring – is a reason for flickering lights and a main cause of house fires. Shut off the light at the circuit breaker before removing the fixture to double check the wiring. If the fixture looks like it might be loose or insecure, it’s time to call us and our licensed electricians will solve the problem.

Voltage Fluctuations – If your lights flicker when you turn on an appliance with a high wattage, like a microwave, oven, washer dryer or the air conditioner clicks on the reason could be because the voltage in your home is fluctuating too much. This could be a symptom of a more serious electrical issue. Other signs that the voltage in your home isn’t right include lights that dim unexpectedly or that bulbs frequently burn out.

Faulty Wall Switch – Another reason your light could be flickering is because the light switch isn’t properly installed or may have a short circuit that could possibly cause a fire.

Fluorescent and LED Flickering – Certain types of lighting technology are naturally more prone to flickering than others. For example, flickering sometimes occurs in fluorescent lights while the phosphors reach peak illumination, during the first few minutes of turning them on, or when the bulb are connected to a defective ballast. It is also possible for LED lights to flicker when improperly connected to a driver or with certain dimming or rheostat systems. This is a symptom that it is probably time to replace the lighting fixture or it’s failing components.

Call us today to arrange a Flickering Light consultation and estimate
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