electrician, wiring, residential
Written by Stu Kushner

Only Christmas Tree Lights Should Flicker

Flickering lights can be annoying, but shouldn’t be ignored. It may be as simple as replacing a bulb or tightening a loose fixture. But, it could also be a sign of a more serious electrical problem. Flickering lights can’t be totally eliminated because the power coming into your home from outside fluctuates. However, there are a variety of situations when a simple fix will solve the problem. 

Power Up Flickering – Power disruption can occur when a major appliance, such as an air conditioning unit turns on. In this situation, there could be a problem with the power source, electrical panel, or the unit may not be wired correctly. In these cases it’s best to call in a trained electrician to track down the problem and fix it properly.

One Flickering Light – If there is one light in one room of your house that flickers, it’s probably a faulty light bulb or a loose socket. Start by changing the bulb to see if that solves the problem. If that doesn’t work, check the socket. A word of caution: NEVER handle a light socket when it’s connected to a power source. With the fixture disconnected from the power source, check the socket and wiring. Tighten or replace the socket unit.

One Room Flickers – If all the lights in one room flicker, there could be a problem with the circuit. This is another situation when it’s best to call in electrician.

Fluorescent Bulbs – Even though LED lights are replacing fluorescents in homes and businesses, there are still plenty of them in use. If your light is flickering, it may mean the bulb has to be replaced. If the light flickers, buzzes and/or blinks, there may be a problem with the starter at the end of the fixture. A starter can be replaced, but if that isn’t the issue, it may be best to replace the fixture.

If LED lights are flickering, check the power supply you’re using. Flickering LEDs are more obvious if they’re connected to an AC rather than a DC power source. In addition, check the connections in the light fixture and clean out any accumulated dust.

If you’re experiencing on-going problems with flickering lights, call JM Mullens. One of our licensed, trained technicians will do a thorough check of your lighting and electrical systems to resolve the issue. Call us today for a free consultation.