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Don’t Be Haunted by Flickering Lights

A rare full moon, Jack-O’-Lanterns, and ghost pathway markers will provide ample lighting on Halloween night. Only one of these three sources, depending on its method of illumination, should flicker. Flickering lights are a serious issue that, in most cases, requires a professional to service electric.

What is Flicker?

The U.S. Department of Energy defines flicker “as the rapid variation in light source intensity, which can cause visual effects ranging from uncomfortable to harmful or dangerous.” It can occur at several frequencies regardless of the type of light fixture or bulb. Even LEDs can flicker under the right conditions (U.S. Department of Energy).

This definition emphasizes the importance of having the cause of flickering lights identified so that repairs can be made, as needed, to your residential wiring or other electrical components. A licensed electrician can diagnose the issue and make recommendations to service electric.

What Causes It?

There are many possible causes of flickering lights. These typically vary in terms of complexity. A less complicated problem that isn’t too frightening involves a loose light bulb. It can cause a flicker and may also burnout far more swiftly. Correct the issue by tightening the bulb. Consider purchasing LEDs, which offer a longer lifespan and energy efficiency.

Next in complexity is an incompatibility between a light bulb and a dimmer switch. Today’s dimmer switches require dimmable LEDs but to ensure compatibly it is essential to check the bulb’s box. Some controllers may be compatible with smart LEDs operated by a smartphone app or voice assistant.

More severe problems that require immediate professional assistance include voltage fluctuations and faulty residential wiring. These issues should be immediately corrected to prevent costly additional issues or damage to your appliances, electronics, or your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical malfunction caused 44,880 home fires between 2012 and 2016.

Service Electric Today

It’s essential to have a licensed electrician service electric components within your home or office. A&H Electric can expertly handle all your electrical projects, regardless of complexity, ensuring your system is up to code and optimally operating.

A&H Electric is a certified and licensed residential and commercial electrician specializing in installation, service, and repair. Our company is proud to help with your electrical system in Conroe, Texas, and neighboring communities.

Please schedule an appointment today at (936) 756-0442.

Resources:
“Flicker.” The U.S. Department of Energy: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.
“Flicker Basics.” The U.S. Department of Energy: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.
“Home Electrical Fires.” The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

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