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Flickering Lights? Check These Common Culprits

Flickering Lights - Residential Electricians in Philadelphia
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If your lights keep flickering or dimming at home, it’s important to address the problem as soon as possible. While it might just be an easily fixable issue, such as a loose connection, it could also signal a potentially dangerous electrical issue that must be addressed quickly.

Here’s how you can check your flickering lights before calling a residential electrical contractors

Loose bulb

Lights that flicker individually and consistently, or only when some other large appliance is turned on in another part of the house, probably have a simple issue. The light bulb might be loose in its socket and is flickering because of an inconsistent supply of power.

Turn the light off and make sure that the bulb is attached to the fixture properly once it has cooled down. You also need to make sure that it’s the right type of bulb according to the fixture.

Bulb type

Blinking of flickering lights is a common occurrence in fluorescent bulbs, which tend to blink while warming up. Check the kind of bulb that you have and make sure that it’s in good working condition. Fluorescent lights don’t last as long as LED lights do, and need to be changed often.


If your room has a dimmer switch, it’s important to ensure that you’re using the right kind of light bulb. LED bulbs might flicker since they’re incompatible with dimmers that are meant for non-LED lights. You can try switching your normal bulb out and installing a smart bulb—it doesn’t require a physical switch for the dimmer. If the problem still doesn’t get fixed, the fault may lie with your light switch.

Loose plug

Check your plug to make sure that it hasn’t detached from its outlet. Bent prongs can disrupt your connection and cause your lights to flicker. Get a pair of pliers to pry the prongs open in case they’re bent, and plug the lights back in.

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Get in touch with professional residential electrical contractors in Philadelphia

Do you need some help with figuring out why your lights are flickering? Golden Electrical Service has got you covered! We’re an experienced residential electrician company in Philadelphia with more than 8 years in the field. Your safety and comfort are our top priority, and we make sure that all your electrical problems are fixed in a swift and professional manner. Whether you’re looking for residential electrical repair or commercial electrical maintenance services, we can do it all.

Contact us to find out more!

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