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Helpful Tips for Fixing Flickering Lights

If you are like most people, your home is a source of great pride. As a homeowner, you probably want to do everything possible to keep it in good, problem-free condition. However, while there are some home repairs that may seem easy to repair on your own, they may have more complicated causes that require the help of a professional electrician. One of these issues is flickering lights. Some of the most common causes of this problem and what can be done to fix it can be found here.

The Appliances Draw Excessive Power

Do your lights dim when you turn the microwave on? Or, does mood lighting appear during the laundry cycles? While it depends on the power system installed in your home, the appliances you have may be the reason for your light issues.

The cause of this issue may be the appliance requesting excessive power out of the system, or that the movements are shaking the electrical connections loose. In any situation, it is a good idea to contact a professional electrician to fix the problem for you.

Incompatible Outlet and Light Combinations

If the flickering light issue is only focused on a specific bulb, the problem is probably due to a mismatch in the sockets and bulb amp and the voltage requirements.

If you want to solve this problem quickly and make sure your lights begin to work properly again, use a tool called a multimeter to check the total voltage output of the light socket and choose bulbs that match this output.

Conductor System Wear-and-Tear

The power system of your home goes through a lot during the life of your home. If your lights have started to flicker or if they dim and the issue isn’t an appliance or bulb issue, the problem may be due to an aging fuse box or conductors that are worn out.

When is it Time to Call an Electrician for Help?

Unfortunately, there are other reasons your lights may be flickering, too. If the issues here don’t explain the problem, it is best to call the pros at Fusion Electric.  We will be able to evaluate your home electrical system and figure out the underlying cause of the flickering light. This will ensure that safety in your home is restored and that your lights stop flickering when you use other appliances.