A flickering light bulb is a nuisance, but it can also be unsafe. Fortunately, many instances of flickering lights can be addressed through DIY inspection and repair. Here’s what you need to know.
Causes Of Flickering Light Bulbs — And How To Repair Them
A loose light bulb makes it difficult for electricity to flow, causing flickering. Simply turn the bulb slightly counter-clockwise and then clockwise until tight
A loose power outlet can occur if the internal metal contact blades have become worn out or if there’s a loose connection within the outlet. This can cause a light bulb to flicker. To address this, the outlet should be replaced.
Ceiling leaks, sudden spikes in temperature, and foundation shifts can cause a light fixture to lose tension at the center hot tab and become faulty. Some light fixtures are faulty to begin with. In this case, purchase and install a new fixture.
A dimmer switch works by controlling the voltage waveform before it reaches the fixture. Applying excess voltage to a dimmer switch can lead to dimmer switch failure and flickering lights. Remove and discard the faulty dimmer switch and replace with a new one.
If an LED bulb is installed into a fixture controlled by a dimmer switch designed for use with incandescent bulbs, the light can flicker. Remove the old dimmer switch and install one rated for LED lights.
Loose wiring is another cause of flickering lights. Problems with connection points between individual wires within the cable sheathing and devices or junction boxes can interrupt the flow of electricity. Test every connection point and reconnect loose points.
If lights have to share a circuit with other devices that demand a lot of power, then lights can flicker. Dishwashers, ceiling fans, televisions, air conditioners, and bathroom exhaust fans draw a lot of power and can interfere with lights. Remove the light fixture from the overloaded circuit and install a new circuit for the light.
Blue Apple has a team of electricians trained to identify the cause of flickering lights and take care of repairs. Call us today for professional electrical services in Las Vegas and surrounding areas.