What Causes Lights to Flicker and Dim?

Flickering lights can be a huge pain in your residential home. These lights can be distracting, cause severe headaches, waste your electricity, and also cause other issues in your home. If your lights flicker and dim frequently, then you may be having a significant electrical problem that extends beyond illumination which needs to be addressed. Here are some of the reasons why your lights may be flickering or dimming.

Overloaded Circuit

If your lights usually flicker or dim when you are running an electrical appliance such as a microwave, air conditioner, or a dryer, check to see if your lights are on the same circuit as the appliance. Sometimes, you may be dealing with an overloaded circuit-meaning that the circuit is either wired to more appliances than it can handle or it is outdated. This is one of the leading causes of flickering lights in older homes. However, if you discover that the lights dim or flicker beyond the use of the appliance, then you may be dealing with another issue.

Power Grid Issues

Lights that deem for an extended period might be an indicator of a problem with your electric company. Be sure to contact your local utility company to find out whether stormy weather or any other occurrence has interfered with a transformer or if certain weather conditions have compromised electric service in your locality.

Improper/Outdated Wiring

Another reason why lights in your home are flickering or dimming unexpectedly is that the electrical wiring in your house is either insufficient to handle the amount of current that passes through it or it is simply outdated. When your demand for current is high, the voltage may drop causing your light bulbs to dim or flicker. Most of the old homes experience these issues since they weren’t built to handle modern-day electrical loads.

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