When Is A Flicker Not Just A Flicker? What You Should Know About Your Home Lighting

Flickering lights can be caused by something as minor as a faulty bulb or something as serious as a problem with your home's wiring. Consider how the flickering occurs to determine the best course of action for dealing with it. A few scenarios you might encounter include one single flickering light, every light flickering before turning on completely or random flickering of all of the lights in your house.

Here are some tips for addressing each one with electrical work:

One Light Flickers Repeatedly

If you're only seeing the flickering from a single bulb, there's a good chance that the problem is isolated to that bulb. Before you investigate, turn off the light and let the bulb cool if it's warm. It may be loose in the fixture, so try turning it to make sure it's secure. It might even help to remove it from the fixture, inspect the inside of the fixture for any debris, and then put the bulb back in, making sure that it goes in straight.

If the light is still flickering after these steps, replace the bulb. In most cases, this should solve the problem. If not, the issue may be with the switch. If the lamp is plugged into an outlet controlled by a wall switch, move the fixture to a different outlet and see if it corrects the issue. If so, you'll need to have an electrician address the problem with the fixture. Otherwise, the problem may be the lamp itself.

All of the Lights Flicker Temporarily

If you turn on the lights and everything flickers a couple of times before the lights come on steady, it may be due to fluorescent bulbs. That's perfectly normal behavior for this type of bulb. Sometimes, energy-saving bulbs take a few minutes to reach full brightness too. If your fixtures have incandescent bulbs, though, you'll want to have your wiring assessed by an electrician.

All of the Lights Flicker Repeatedly

When you're seeing flickering throughout your house with no rhyme or reason to it, that's a sure sign that there's a wiring problem somewhere. It may be an indication that there's fluctuation in the power that's coming into your home or in the circuit running throughout your home. Keep track of when you see the flickering for a couple of days, including information about anything that may happen to trigger it. Then, have the wiring tested and inspected before the problem gets worse.

Any time you're dealing with electrical issues, it's important to be attentive and cautious. With the information here, you can narrow down the source of your flickering and address it with a professional if necessary.