Why Do My Lights Flicker?

May 25, 2021
Why Do My Lights Flicker?

Why do my lights flicker?

On the list of noticing problems with your commercial electrical services or residential electrical services, flickering lights is one of the easier things to identify. You may not need a professional electrical repair service like Wireman Electric to tell that your lights are flickering but, when you do notice it, the solution may require a commercial or residential electrician depending on the severity of the problem. If you have noticed your lights flickering, below is a quick list of reasons why it may be happening and how Vancouver electrical services like those at Wireman Electric may be able to help!

Bulb Issues

On the list of reasons why lights flicker, issues with the bulb connection or bulb itself are arguably the easiest to resolve and likely do not require a professional residential electrician. If the bulb in question is old, it may just be time to replace it. Otherwise, you can examine it by simply turning off the power to the fixture to check if the bulb is tightly connected.


Fixture Connections

Moving on from bulb issues, fixture connections are another common cause for flickering lights. Depending on the severity of the issue this may or may not require residential electrical services or commercial electrical services to address. If the fixture wiring is loosely connected, shut off power immediately and either tighten the wiring yourself – only if you’re comfortable! – or call professional Vancouver electrical services.

Old Wiring

Old or faulty wiring can also be a common cause for flickering lights. If this is the issue, you should rely on an electrical repair service rather than trying to solve it on your own. Generally, if the lights on a specific circuit are flickering it is a good indication that wiring may be the problem. If lights throughout your home are flickering the problem is likely broader in scope. Once you get to the point of needing to examine wires, that is a good time to stop your DIY electrical practice and call in the professionals.

Electrical Panel or Circuit Overloads

If you have noticed your lights flickering when you turn on a major appliance, this is generally not an issue. The power draw from big appliances can temporarily interrupt circuits when they are turned on, and the flickering should stop on its own rather quickly. If lights throughout your home are flickering at different times, without being tied to an appliance load, this could indicate a problem with the electrical panel or consistent circuit overloads. In these situations, you should contact professional Vancouver electrical services immediately.

There are many reasons why your lights may be flickering, and electrical companies like Wireman Electric are here to help. Electric problems are not something to be taken lightly, so if you notice your lights flickering or have any other electric concerns give the experts at Wireman a call today. We always put the safety of our clients first.