Why Do My Lights Flicker?

March 8, 2023

Nothing is more discomforting than when one or multiple lights start to flicker in your house, and you do not know how to fix it. Sitting down after a long day and having lights start to flicker can feel overwhelming and be a nuisance.While it seems like a large project to have to start when this happens, there are several things you can do to fix it with minimal hassle. A lot of times it is a simple fix.

If you have persistent flickering in your home, please feel free to reach out to Randy's Electric to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed, trained electricians.

Check for Loose Light Bulbs

If your light bulbs are not fully screwed into their socket, the amount of power they receive will be inconsistent. This would cause a flickering light bulb.

Simple Fix

Turn off your light and wait for the bulb to cool down. Once it is cool to the touch, unscrew and screw it back in, ensuring it is tightened into the socket.

Check Your Plug

The plug to your outlet might not be fully plugged in. When checking the plug, ensure it is secure and snug in the outlet to restore the light.

Check LED Lights

If you are using LED or fluorescent lights, they will flicker when initially turned on. If the flickering does not stop, you may need to switch out the light bulb for a different type to fix it.

Check Your Light Fixture

Another reason the light is flickering could be the fixture itself. In this case, you might likely need a replacement. Talk to a trusted electrician before moving forward with this step to learn about the best options for you.

Notice Other Appliances

If your lights start to flicker or dim when you turn other appliances on, such as your microwave or dishwasher, it might be a circuit issue. These appliances can take large amounts of electrical current, creating an overloaded circuit.If the flickering or dimming does not stop, the voltage in your home may not be following standard regulations. This creates a safety risk in your home, and you will need to contact a trained electrician.

If flickering continues for an unknown reason, there may be an underlying wiring issue. This could be from overtime wear and tear, or from installing them incorrectly.Contact a trusted electrician immediately as this is a fire hazard and can cause overheating and power outages.

Contact Randy's Electric for Expert Help

If you find yourself in the case of needing a trusted, certified electrician, call Randy's Electric at 763-560-5600.

Randy's Electric provides comprehensive electrical services to help Minneapolis homes stay safe and well-lit. From fixture replacement to rewiring and electrical panel replacement, our team has the skills and expertise to solve virtually any electrical problem.

Contact our team today to schedule an electrical service for your home!