While occasional flickering of lights is common, it can be worrisome when it happens more often than not. Flickering lights could indicate an underlying electrical fault that only a qualified electrician can diagnose. This guide is designed to help you identify probable causes behind your home's flickering lights. If you recognise these issues, be sure to call an electrician immediately to diagnose and fix the problem.
Too Many Outlets Connected To A Single Circuit
If you have a home with older wiring, then you should know that it is probably not equipped to handle the enhanced electrical load of modern appliances like washers, dryers, microwaves, dishwashers and televisions, especially if they are all connected to a single circuit. Connecting a number of heavy-duty electrical appliances to a single circuit will cause it to overload –– leading your lights to flicker incessantly when the load is turned on. The easiest thing to do is to unplug some of the appliances from the circuit to see whether the problem is rectified. Alternatively, you can get a licensed electrician to replace your circuit breakers or wires to fix the problem.
Loose Connection In Your Main Electrical Panel
If your lights at home flicker relentless and it's not because of an overloaded circuit or large home electrical appliance, then it could be because of a loose connection or faulty wiring in the main electrical panel. These loose connections or faulty wires may eventually cause sparks and a preventable electrical fire if left ignored, so you should ideally get this problem attended to as soon as possible by a qualified electrician. If the problem is a loose connection or frayed wiring, then you may want to turn off the main electrical panel until the electrician arrives to prevent a fire from occurring in the mean time.
Faulty Light Socket Connection
If your light bulb flickers when you turn it on, then it may be nothing else but a poor light bulb connection. When a light bulb is put into the socket, it needs to snugly fit into every component to turn on seamlessly. If there are any loose, rusted or faulty components inside the light socket, then your light bulb will flicker every time it is turned on. If you replace the light bulb and still notice this problem, then you will have to hire a qualified electrician to repair or replace the light socket, depending on the nature of the problem.