Modern electricity is truly a miracle of human innovation. The invention of the lightbulb was a transformative moment for society and has become so commonplace, it can be easy to take for granted how much they have improved our lives.
At Arnold Electrical Services, we understand how disruptive electrical problems can be in the home — even minor ones. Faulty outlets, inconsistent power or flickering lights can be incredibly annoying. Luckily, we can confidently say that we provide some of the best residential electrical repairs in Chicago and put the satisfaction of our customers before all else. That’s why we have no problem equipping our customers with information that could help them avoid unnecessary service calls and save them money. So, here’s a brief rundown on flickering lights.
Common Causes Of Light Repairs
By design, the electrical system that your home’s lighting depends on is relatively simple. For our benefit, this means that there are only so many points of failure that could be causing light to flicker or not work. These points include:
- Breaker Box
- Wall Outlet
- Light Switch
- The Light Fixture Itself
Generally, flickering lights are caused by an inconsistent connection somewhere in the electrical flow between the power source and the lightbulb. This means that a solution is usually fairly simple and achievable by most homeowners with a little bit of know-how.
How To Repair Flickering Lights
If the problem is isolated at a single light, the issue is generally fairly simple to locate. The best way to address a single lamp or fixture flickering is to check the quality of every connection point associated with that light. When troubleshooting, ask these questions:
- Is the light fully plugged in?
- Is there any visible damage to the plug or cord?
- Is the light bulb functional and fully screwed in?
- Do you see any visible problems or damage with the switch?
A loss or bad connection in any of these areas can potentially cause a light to flicker — and as long as the problem isn’t being caused by actual damage, it can be corrected with a slight amount of tinkering.
What If All Of My Lights Are Flickering?
If the issue isn’t isolated to a single light, it could mean several things. Sometimes, experiencing a dim or flicker in all of your lights can be completely normal. For example, the extra power it takes to start some large appliances such as a washer or dryer can cause a momentary disruption to your home’s lighting.
However, if you are regularly experiencing these problems and it isn’t associated with anything else turning on or needing power, then it could be a sign of a more serious issue.We suggest having a professional inspect your electrical system right away.
Looking For An Electrician? Choosing Arnold Electrical Is The Bright Idea
At Arnold Electrical, we take an immense amount of pride in offering our community a truly exceptional standard of electrical services. We understand how important electricity is to the day-to-day lives of our customers and treat every electrical problem like they are happening to us personally.
With a track record for providing repairs that are almost as fast as the electricity we work with and flat rate pricing, you really can’t go wrong with us. If you require a qualified electrician, for any reason, don’t hesitate to call us today!