A Common Problem

Have you experienced lights in your home that seem to be flickering, and have a mind of their own? Perhaps it’s only one room in the house, perhaps it’s happening in multiple rooms. You can’t quite pin down why it’s happening, or what is causing it. Maybe it’s time to call a Houston Electric to make sure it isn’t just a pesky bulb, or malfunctioning lamp – which could actually be a fire hazard!

Here’s a few common reasons this might be happening:

1. Just One Light is Flickering

If it appears to be only one light flickering, more than likely it’s just a bulb that is starting to go bad, and is need of replacing. Traditional incandescent bulbs have a life span of approximately 1,200 hours, while energy saving LED bulbs can last anywhere between 25,000 – 50,000 hours! The best electrical in Las Vegas, Houston electric can give you an estimate on what it would cost to change your home to an LED setup, which would save you $1000s off your electricity bills.

Sometimes a bulb might not be screwed in all the way, so be sure to check that as well. If the light or lights in question are too hard to reach, schedule an appointment with Houston Electric, we’d be happy to help!

2. Lights Flicker When You First Turn On, But Stop Immediately After

This is entirely normal behavior for fluorescent bulbs, tubes, or CFLs. It can take a few moments after switching them on to reach full lighting. If the flickering does not die down and continues without the bulb reaching its full brightness—or if this is an incandescent bulb that is doing this:

  • Unscrew and then reinstall the bulb, correctly threading it.
  • Try plugging the lamp into a different outlet.
  • If problems persist, call Houston Electric for help!

3. All of the Lights In Your Home Are Flickering

If you have widespread flickering lights throughout your home, this can be a symptom of a much bigger problem. It can show that the voltage to your electrical system is fluctuating, which can cause damage to the wiring and all the electronics you have plugged in around your home. If you have this situation, you absolutely need to call us for help – there is a high danger of electrical fire or shock without the proper expertise and equipment.

2019-09-13T23:40:04+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Lighting, Residential|