Dimming lights can be due to several causes, some of which are not a serious concern, while others may indicate a serious and potentially dangerous problem with your home’s electrical system requiring electric repair service. The following delves into some of the most common causes of dimming lights, and the solution.
If the issue is widespread it isn’t likely due to faulty bulbs. Otherwise, when the problem is located in a single fixture, ensure the bulbs are tight, and undamaged.
Furthermore, when you use dimmer switches, specific light bulbs are often required. For example, a number of dimmer switches will not work properly with compact fluorescent bulbs and mixing the two may result in blinking lights and other malfunctions. The solution is to replace CFLs with light bulbs recommended with your dimmer switch, or replace the switch with one that works with your choice of bulb type.
Electrical Grid Problems
Issues experienced by your electrical company can causing dimming, or flickering lights. Bad weather, an animal on the power lines, an excessive demand on the electrical grid, a blown transformer, and other electrical grid problems at the plant, substations, or on the power lines between them and your home can result in dimming or blinking lights, or even damage to your electrical system and appliances. When the problem occurs frequently, contact your local electrical utility to find out if any issues have occurred that could affect your lights. If not, contact a Mister Sparky electrician for inspection and electric repair service.
If dimming or flickering lights routinely occur when you are operating appliances such as the air conditioning, microwave, dryer, or other appliances, it may be an indication of an overloaded circuit. Circuits have a specific limit, and when a high electrical demand is placed on the circuit, dimming or flickering lights and tripped breakers are a common issue. Overloaded circuits will require an electrician to provide electric repair service.
Outdated, Insufficient or Faulty Wiring
Throughout the decades, the electrical demand in homes has continued to rise, largely due to evolving technology and the increase in appliances and devices. As the demands grow, the wiring in older homes (and more recent ones) simply cannot supply the demand, resulting in noticeable voltage drops, tripped breakers and dimming lights. An electrician in Huntsville, AL can inspect your home’s electrical system, and advise you of the need for rewiring, or adding more circuits and other solutions to address your home’s outdated or insufficient wiring. In addition, a loose connection to the affected light or its switch can cause erratic light behavior. The consistent expansion and contraction of electrical components due to the flow of electricity may result in loose connections.
If you are experiencing consistently dimming lights, or other electrical issues, contact Mister Sparky to schedule an inspection and provide a solution. Our licensed electricians can provide the professional electric repair service you require. Mister Sparky serves the North Alabama regions with quality service. The expertise of our electricians ensures the service you receive meets or exceed the industry standards. Mister Sparky is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.